This picture was borrowed from the internet.
Tonight I was reading Jon's blog about scorpions and dust storms in west Texas. It made me think we haven't seen one of these guys in a long time and I'm so glad. I'm almost more afraid of scorpions then of rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes make a noise and are bigger. When I went to the bathroom I spotted a scorpion crawling on the floor with it's tail up in stinging mode. Not one thing to kill it with and I'm barefoot. I ran across the hall and grabbed a shoe. With one whack it was dead. To the kitchen for the broom and dustpan and into the toilet it goes. Now can I sleep? No I've been searching for it's sisters and brothers with a flashlight. Not that I've ever seen more then one at one time but it looked young and was easy to kill. There used to be a story here in south Texas about someone coming here from a part of the country where there aren't scorpions. People would tell them they are Texas Strong Bugs and bet them that they couldn't hold one down with their thumb. Of course they would say they could hold that little ole bug down and when they tried it would sting the heck out of them and they would take their thumb off. Sounds like a mean joke to me. I've been stung twice in my life. Once we lived in the country and we heard a commotion in the front yard. We all ran out the front door and onto a wood porch. I stepped full weight onto a scorpion and it hurt sooo bad I begged to go to the hospital being a little girl and having never been to a hospital. Of course they didn't take me for that but it was so painful. The noise we heard was a snake trying to eat a small cottontail rabbit. The second time I was stung the scorpion was in a towel when I dried my hands but it didn't hurt as bad. You can bet I won't be going barefoot at night and I will shake out any robe or towel I plan to use. If we don't get some rain soon everything will be coming in for water but we won't be bothered with mesquitoes like usual.