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Auteursrechten: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2008-08-17
CategorieŽn: Spiders
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 400, Hoya UV Filter
Belichting: f/22, 1/200 Seconden
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Thema's: scorpions of the world, Karatash's other favorite -II- [view contributor(s)]
Datum inzending: 2008-09-21 14:03
Gezien: 6625
Punten: 22
[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
Why such a strage title, you would ask...
Well, the animal I present is the answer. This summer with some friends I went for an expedition to Greece and on one of our camping sites we discovered this lovely creature. It was resting under the stone, right in the place where we were going to place our sleeping matts. Of course, after finding this guy we checked carefully all other stones within 15m circle. At first I thought it's Buthus occitanus, one of the more dangerous scorpions in Europe but when I got back home and identified the photographed specimen, the truth appeared to be even more thrilling. The scorpion is:

Mesobuthus gibbosus gibbosus (Brullť, 1832)
Family: Buthidae

The species inhabits Mediterranean Europe. It prefers hot and dry habitats, particularly olive plantations and stony pastures. It doesn't dig hiding holes but rest under stones and logs. Adults may grow up to 8 cm.

It's also very aggressive species. When approached, it attacks and then escapes. It's venom is lethal for children and old people. But even when you are a healthy adult, you don't want to be stung. According to what I read it causes high fever, tremor, as well as uncontrolled defecation and urination which last for at least a week....

Now you understand? Oh, by the way - we didn't kill the scorpion. We arrested it for the night in a plastic jar and let free in the morning...

The species may be differentiated from Buthus occitanus by the very clear keeled and dark stripes on the cephalothorax and mesosome.

P.S. Many thanks to Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) for identifying the subspecies of this scorpion.

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Co za obrzydliwy tytul! ;) hihihi! No ale po przeczytaniu notki, wszystko jest jasne. Mieliscie niezlego farta, taki ciekawy gatunek... Szukalem skorpionow w Grecji wielokrotnie, ale nic w tym roku nie udalo sie znalezc :( Moze nastepnym razem, albo gdzie indziej?
Swoja droga bardzo ladna fotka :)
Czekam na wiecej!

Hi Michal,
a great macro for Mesobuthus gibbosus. Using flash light very good and so we can see all details. Nicely composed and sharply focused. POV and frame also great.
I also posted its shot from Turkiye, with single difference. Ours is from second subspecies, M. g. anatolicus. This must be nominative subspecies, M. g. gibbosus.
Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Michal.
Picture simply sensational of this yellow scorpion!
Superb definition with impressive details.
Excellent texture and framing.
My compliments for great work photographic.
Josť Roberto

hello michal,
very nice capture with great set of notes, i never knew the side effects of its venom, the details are very well recorded, the pov is good and so is the composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 0 N: 657] (2557)
  • [2008-09-21 23:03]


Very well composed and detailed pic. The sharpness and clarity of the subject is good.

Czesc Misiu
Jak przeczytalem tytul to myslalem ze padne ze smiechu ;-) Fotka faktycznie swietna i musze przyznac ze fotki z lustrzanek daja sie obrabiac w PS w niesamowity sposob w porownaniu do aparatow kompaktowych (pokazywales mi oryginal i jaj tez ma juz pierwsze doswiadczenia) Ladne, ostre kontrastowe zdjecie i ciekawe nasycone kolory (czy nie za bardzo nasycone?)

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-09-22 0:56]

Ciekawy okaz i notka dobrze pokazane szczegoly i cieszy mnie ze my nie mamy tutaj takich gosci.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Czesc Michal.
No to mieliscie niezla przygode, reprezentuje sie naprawde dobrze, ladny okaz. Tez w 95 (ale czas leci) jechalismy do grecji, do Prowatiny (studnia jaskiniowa -400m), ale z jakis przyczyn mnie nie wpuscili, dwa tygodnie sam spedzilem w Bulgarii w Pirynie. Wracajac do zdjecia, bardzo dobra ostrosc i ziemiste kolory.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-22 2:53]

Hello Michal,

Very nice capture of this lovely creature. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Good light and very good saturated colours.

Hi Michal,
A great capture of this beautiful scorpion. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

great portrait of this beautiful scorpion, its also nice to see the dry Medicago fruit for scale. TFS Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40558)
  • [2008-09-22 6:05]

hello Michal,
I must say I was a little bit surprised to see the title of your picture!
Reading the note helped a little bit :-)!
Excellent picture of a beautiful, but dangerous and amazing creature.
Thanks a lot for this interesting posting

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-23 13:50]

Well I wouldn't like to get stung by one of them! :-)
Excellent capture.
Very sharp with great detail.
Superb composition.

Well done,

Hi Michal,
Impressed with your knowledge of photomedical journalism. The photographer's note gives one the final answer as to why such title to this super macro shot! Good job & TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-29 8:43]

Hi Michal

Itís great to see animals like this on TN, too and I know that we can always rely on the Polish team of zoologists to bring us more and more interesting information.
Iíve always liked scorpions (maybe because Iím a Scorpio myself :)) and itís really great to actually see more and find out more about these fascinating creatures.
The details here are excellent, the colors of the subject are very well reproduced and the upper POV shows the pattern on its back well, too. The DOF is terrific as well, keeping good focus on the tip of the tail, too where itís very nice to see that impressive needle.
Great shot and post!

Bravo and TFS

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