Stamps: Scorpions from Namibia

These 4 stamps feature scorpions, but not the kind that sing Wind Of Change. They were issued in 2012 and they are my first stamps from Namibia. I bought them at the Thailand 2013 World Stamp Exhibition.

Scorpions - Namibia 2012

Stamp Details

Left to right, top to bottom:

  • Parabuthus namibensis (I can’t find a common name for this one)
  • Black Hairy Thick-Tailed scorpion, Parabuthus villosus
  • Robust Burrowing scorpion, or African Yellow-Leg scorpion, Opistophthalmus carinatus
  • Hottentotta arenaceus (no common name for this one either)

The stamps are beautifully illustrated by Anja Denker, a wildlife photographer and artist.

We’ve had a few scorpions in our garden. I think they came in with rolls of turf when we were putting grass down. I find them fascinating, but I am a bit wary of them; they look like they are built for trouble.

Sting in the Tail

Wikipedia says:

Scorpion venom has a fearsome reputation, but only about 25 out of almost 1500 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being.

Phew.

The Scorpion Queen

Thailand is home to the Scorpion Queen, a lady who set a world record for living in a small space with thousands of scorpions (like David Blaine, but with scorpions). I was going to post a video, but like many things in Thailand, some scorpions ended up on the menu by way of a frying pan. Probably not appropriate.

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