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.
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
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.
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.