What info I’ve gathered so far about our spicy desert lobsters. Special thanks to Rick Knigge, our local expert critter getter, for all the info and photos!
Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion
Hairy scorpion has a dark body and yellow legs, claws, and tail. Although it is big [5.5″] its venom is not very potent, and its sting is commonly perceived to be about as painful as a bee sting. Allergic reaction to its venom is uncommon Their venom is not potent enough to be fatal.
Moderately sized in comparison to other scorpions, with a common light yellow color. There is a black pattern forming a V which centers on the median eyes as well as dim streaks across preabdomen divisions. These scorpions are usually around 2.5 inches in length. The venom of this small species is mild, but allergic reactions are possible from any venom.
Pseudoscorpions are generally beneficial to humans since they prey on clothes moth larvae, carpet beetle larvae, booklice, ants, mites, and small flies. They are tiny, and are rarely noticed due to their small size, despite being common in many environments. When people do see pseudoscorpions, especially indoors, they are often mistaken for ticks or small spiders.
Striped Bark Scorpion
*NOTE: I’m not certain this flavor of desert lobster makes it up here to Dayton, but I’ve seen some that looked like this.
A medium-sized scorpion that is rarely longer than around 2 3/4 in, the striped bark scorpion is a uniform pale-yellow scorpion that can be identified by two dark, longitudinal stripes on its carapace, with a dark triangle above the ocular tubercle.