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do scorpions live in Ireland (wild)

  • 20-01-2009 6:59pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,105 ✭✭✭


    well as the title says do they?
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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 601 ✭✭✭Rory123


    I remember seeing something about this before. There is a type of scorpion that lives in the UK. South of England AFAIK. They are very small and are transparent or white so are very difficult to spot, it is easier to veiw them under a UV Lamp or something. Doubt we have them here though.

    http://www.introduced-species.co.uk/Species/spiders/euro%20scorpion.htm

    Try asking in the Nature and Bird watching forum.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,105 ✭✭✭John mac


    yea thats what I remember it was on some David Attenbrough program Maybe life in the undergrowth!

    thanks for the link.
    will look into it a bit more. (6 year olds and their questions! )


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,874 ✭✭✭EGAR


    Your 6 yro might have encountered a Devil's Coachhorse. Frightened the living daylights out of me the first time I encountered an adult in defence stance. They mimick the Scorpion in as far as they raise their hindquarters up like a Scorpion and open their mandibles. Quite a fascinating sight, especially since they can reach a length of over an inch, are black and like to hide under leaves and rocks. They are predatory as well.

    200px-Coach_Horse.jpg


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 601 ✭✭✭Rory123


    Couldn't remember the name of this one earlier, knew it was devil something. I secretly had a pet one of these when I was very young, kept it in a big jar and used to feed it house flies! Had it for about 6 months til my big sister found it and let it go! :rolleyes: Innocent times!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 115 ✭✭fionnmar


    At the risk of sounding like the dunce in the class - is th'on not an earwig?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 601 ✭✭✭Rory123


    nah its a type of beetle i think, you don't see too many of them... I've only ever seen 2, both in the same spot so I'd imagine their habitat is quite specific. They are also quite large. Earwigs are brown too, these are black.
    200px-Coach_Horse.jpgEarwig_03.jpg


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 115 ✭✭fionnmar


    i see...yuck...ta for the pics


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,874 ✭✭✭EGAR


    The DCH is VERY chunky, no chance of mistaken them for an earwig. They also straighten their leg when in threatening pose to make themselves appear taller.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13 Scottie Dundee


    Yes, there are black scorpion type beetles in Ireland. I saw one about an hour ago near Lusk. Cool looking thing but I didn't feel threatened.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    Yes, there are black scorpion type beetles in Ireland. I saw one about an hour ago near Lusk. Cool looking thing but I didn't feel threatened.
    Scorpions and beetles are very different creatures. Hundreds of millions of years apart.

    If you actually saw a scorpion in the wild, please capture it and contact the local university, I'm sure they'd be very interested. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13 Scottie Dundee


    Hi Seamus, while obviously bowing to your superior skills in coleopterology and entomology, I'm not so sure about your grasp of English and semantics in particular. What part of the word "type" are you having difficulty with?

    Only joking pal, but this is what happens when two insufferable arses meet online. Ha Ha.

    There is a fantastic photo of the creature I observed on EGAR's post. It was indeed a Devil's coachhorse. Well cool little beastie.

    Cheers & thanks for the craic. :)


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