Scorpions and black lights

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Scorpions and black lights

Entropy Entropy
I'm a nerd, a geek, and a science buff. I've heard of it, but never tried it until recently. I bought an inexpensive portable black light (talking $5 at Walmart...check for clearance after Halloween). I went out in the back property, flipped over some rocks, shined my black light on those little buggers and...totally flipping awesome. Those little frakers fluoresce under a black light. They glow this eerie wicked-looking green color. I'm not sure, but logic dictates that it's the phosphorus in their shells. Phosphorus is what is in those glow-in-the-dark-stars . Am I the only sex-crazed science geek out there or has anyone else tried this?
03/27/2012
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funluvinmama funluvinmama
Been there, done that.

My ex room mate owned 2 of them and one got loose in the apartment, we use a black light to find it. The light in the room wasn't bright enough to see in the bottom of the closet, so we used the black light.

I moved out immediately after that happened, scared the crap out of me. He never asked to bring them into the apartment. I just showed up after work one day and there they were in the kitchen.
03/27/2012
Gary Gary
I can't remember where, but I recently read an article about this on some science mag/blog. I never heard that before, and thought it was really interesting.
03/27/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
I once took a trip to a zoo where they had a small display tank lit up by black lights so you could see the little scorpions inside. It was neat.
03/27/2012
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
At the zoo I went to recently there was a tank with scorpions in it underneath a blacklight. The scorpions were black but under the light they looked dark blue! It was really cool.
03/27/2012
Alyxx Alyxx
I met a guy who had a preserved scorpion in a necklace that glowed in the dark. It was pretty neat. Awesome guy, sold him a badass corset and he ended up helping us pack up the shop later that night. I have most definitely not gone looking for them with a black light, but then again I don't think they're all that common here, thank god! As for a roomate spontaneously picking a couple up and then letting them escape.... I would be out of there too. I probably would have staged an "escape" to somewhere far far away before it got to that point!
03/27/2012
GONE! GONE!
I haven't witnessed it, but that's really cool and makes me like them more.
03/29/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
I've heard about it on Animal Planet but I don't know if I'd ever try it on any scorpion that isn't in a cage or something.
Then again I don't think there are scorpions up here, I'll have to check.
03/29/2012
married with children married with children
I had never heard of that before. But I find it more interesting that you are going out in the dark and "pissing" them of by moving the rocks they are hiding under. I would be too scared they would come after me.
03/29/2012
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