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Wood scorpion

Cercophonius squama


I saw a pirate spider take on a scorpion today.
It put one bite onto the scorpion's tarsii and the scorpion was immediately paralysed. It then attached a line to it and hauled it up to it's nesting place and wrapped it into a ball of silk.


Suburban back yard on brick retaining wall.


Pirate has very potent bite for smaller creatures. Added pic#4 flash full on for spider ID. Pirate Spider (Australomimetus sp.)

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Atul 12 years ago

super spotting Argy!

ShannaB 12 years ago

Ah, that's my natural colour... ; )

LarsKorb 12 years ago

great series

ShannaB 12 years ago

You're on fire!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

Thanks for the ID martin. It's amazing to think a little pholcid can take a scorpion but it did it so easily. That's 2 pretty impressive targets we've watched the pholcids take easily.

MartinL 12 years ago

You do have good eyes argybee. This is the southern, or wood scorpion and they are painful but not dangerous to humans, and apparently, not to spiders either. What a good observation!

chassytesoro 12 years ago

wow! thanks for sharing this

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Wow what amazing spotting Argybee!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 19, 2012
Submitted on Mar 19, 2012

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