What a weekend it's been. The first thing I encountered when I arrived at the shed was the peculiar absence of any Redbacks. Instead I was assaulted by a pong that no living thing could emit.
"Pong" is an Australian word that means a stench, smell, or bad odour. This might explain why the video game industry had difficulty getting established in Australia after its disastrous first attempt.
But the most fun I had on this trip was a discovery I've been looking forward to since I last wrote about the abundant wildlife in and around the Shed during the peak of summer. The alert reader may recall that I had thoroughly squashed a scorpion and was therefore unable to use it as a photographic specimen. Well, this weekend I found another specimen! This time, I held my stomping reflex in check.
I immediately recognized the terror-inducing primeval shape from across the room. I got excited and prepared for the catch. One useful thing I learned from my ex, a field entomologist, was how to really kill stuff dead while keeping it in one piece. In one hand I grasped the BBQ tongs, and in the other I held a wide-mouth glass jar (ex-pickles) with a few inches of methylated alcohol in it. All I had to do was grab the scorpion with the tongs and drop it into the alcohol. Within seconds it would be perfectly preserved.
Not without some disappointment did I discover that the scorpion was already dead. Probably from the pong of dead mice engulfing the Shed.
Anyhow, for your viewing pleasure I can finally present to you, in full color, Scorpion Fluorescence. Enjoy!
The Fluorescent Properties of Urodacus novaehollandiae under UV Illumination.
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