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January 17, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Afraid of Spiders? Beware!

This is actually a scorpion, not an itsy-bitsy spider. I discovered (surprise!) this monstrous guy while exploring a cave deep in a rain forest in Belize. Once it was determined he was quite harmless (gulp! – sure he was!) I aimed my lens at the scorpion from 6 inches away. Alas I only had my zoom lens – wish I’d had my macro. Now that might have been a great photo.

This arachnoid-friendly cave is a Mayan archeological site. Scientists have found artifacts from the Mayan Empire dating from 1000 A.D., evidence the cave was used for ceremonial and religious purposes. (You really don’t want to know exactly what kind of ceremonies, do you?)


  1. burstmode / Jan 17 2008 6:11 pm

    Beautiful…I wish you had the macro!

  2. Anna Surface / Jan 18 2008 7:47 am

    Ugh…that is one heck of a scorpion and looks scary enough to me. Even though not macro, this is a really good picture of the scorpion on the neatly patterned rock. Looks like it posed for you. 🙂 I’m careful about photographing spiders or insects that look like spiders because sometimes they tend to jump. Yikes!

  3. amuirin / Jan 18 2008 7:49 pm

    spider… scorpion, somehow the distinction is failing to impress my Ew! reflex.

    I do admire the photographer however, I don’t think I’d get that close willingly no matter what species it happened to be.

  4. ladypercy / Jan 18 2008 7:55 pm

    Thats really cool. Nice picture

  5. susan / Jan 20 2008 7:00 pm

    Wow! I love this shot….always exciting to get up close to something that scary! Poisonous or not…yikes:)


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