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a scary encounter I did a MSc on reintroductions of Iris atropurpurea. part of the job was to count how many plants had leaves, flowers and fruit - how successful were the reintroductions. So I was happily counting leaves, when this fellow came from between them, angry and waving its sting. I backed out quickly, and let him relax - and for the rest of this group of plants I gave an estimate, not an exact number... <br />
from that point, I was much more careful when approaching a group of Iris plants... <br />
this is one of the deadly scorpions, I am very fortunate I was quick enough and didn&#039;t get stung. <br />
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this is the Iris: <br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/73107/iris_atropurpurea_-_coastal_iris.html" title="Iris atropurpurea - Coastal Iris"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3519/73107_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1616630410&Signature=f3%2FGFUIAUkCSczcUIX%2BihhoP%2FGU%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Iris atropurpurea - Coastal Iris Rare and critically endangered. Geotagged,Iris atropurpurea,Israel,Winter" /></a></figure> Androctonus bicolor,Black fat–tailed scorpion,Geotagged,Israel,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

a scary encounter

I did a MSc on reintroductions of Iris atropurpurea. part of the job was to count how many plants had leaves, flowers and fruit - how successful were the reintroductions. So I was happily counting leaves, when this fellow came from between them, angry and waving its sting. I backed out quickly, and let him relax - and for the rest of this group of plants I gave an estimate, not an exact number...
from that point, I was much more careful when approaching a group of Iris plants...
this is one of the deadly scorpions, I am very fortunate I was quick enough and didn't get stung.

this is the Iris:

Iris atropurpurea - Coastal Iris Rare and critically endangered. Geotagged,Iris atropurpurea,Israel,Winter

    comments (3)

  1. Oh wow! I'm so glad you saw it before it struck! Posted one month ago
    1. me too! I think this was the scariest animal encounter I had. Posted one month ago
    2. The count was "close enough". Posted one month ago

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''Androctonus bicolor'', the black fat-tailed scorpion, is a scorpion species of the family Buthidae. It is black in color and can grow up to 9 cm.

Similar species: Scorpions
Species identified by Yael Orgad
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By Yael Orgad

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Uploaded Jan 21, 2021. Captured Mar 12, 2016 10:40 in Israel National Trail, Hadera, Israel.
  • COOLPIX P600
  • f/3.3
  • 10/10000s
  • ISO100
  • 4.3mm