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How does a scorpion stab its victim?

Discussion in 'Research' started by Spider, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Spider

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    When I mean how, I mean does it bend its tail backwards? Or is its tail long enough to reach over to the front of the scorpion? I've never seen a scorpion in action so I don't really know.
     
  2. A. E. Lowan

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  4. Spider

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    Can a scorpion's tail bend backwards though (if it wanted to sting something behind it)?
     
  5. A. E. Lowan

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    You know, I have no idea. My first impulse is to say "no," but honestly most of what I know about arachnids involves catching them in a vase or dipping them in drawn butter (crabs are arachnids, you gross people!).

    Do you have a local community college or university (or even a good high school) with an etymologist (studies bugs) you might be able to e-mail? Most academics are more than happy to answer politely worded questions from writers, especially at smaller schools.
     
  6. Ireth

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    I think you mean "entomologist". Etymology is the study of the history of words.
     
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  7. A. E. Lowan

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    hee hee... When English attacks!

    Thank you, my lady.
     
  8. Ireth

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    Greek, technically. XDDD Either way, you're welcome!
     
  9. wordwalker

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    I always remember it as: entomology is the study of ents-- and the bugs in their bark. Etymology is whether "et" counts as a word. :)
     
  10. A. E. Lowan

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    Oh, I see how it is... this is turning into the "make fun of Lowan thread." ;)
     
  11. skip.knox

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    How would the scorpion know something was behind it?
     
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  13. Spider

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    I believe it would feel the vibrations of whatever is approaching it from behind.
     
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