04 November 2018

Hunter and Hunted - Judah

Whilst searching for scorpions we found a very small Black-sting Scorpion or possibly a Deathstalker in the ultraviolet torchlight. When we got closer a spider was in attendance and it became clear the scorpion was entangled in the spider’s web and was in fact already dead. It appears the spider had killed the scorpion or at least it had died in its web and was about to eat the dead arachnid. Their most common natural predators are other types of scorpions with young and adults having high mortality rates, although Deathstalkers also kill and eat themselves. Centipedes are also common enemies who often kill scorpions.