Saturday, May 27, 2017

The lucky one

Last night, I lost an earring in our bedroom. So I grabbed James' super-duper, high-powered flashlight, turned it on, and shined it under my bureau. Ewwwww. Dusty! Ugh, a dust bunny, too....

From there, I swept the light beam across the floor toward James' cedar chest....


......oh, my.....

......time to fetch a critter container......

Using a pen, I coaxed the critter into the plastic jar, then carried the occupied jar down the hall.

"What cha got?" asked James from the couch in the living room. "A spider?"

I shook my head.

A roach?


A scorpion?


"You've got a scorpion, don't you?!"

Sheepish grin.

"Let me see it!" James took the jar from my hand and held it up to the kitchen light for a closer look. "I'll take care of it."

"No, you won't," I retorted. "I will."

But first, we had to have a brief photo session on the back porch. Then I tossed the striped bark scorpion (Centruoides vittatus) across the fence into some grass (no one lives there). 

Later that night, James made a startling announcement from the bathroom. "There's another scorpion!" 

No way! I've lived in this house 15 years and have found less than a handful inside the whole time. Two in ONE NIGHT? Sure enough, I ducked my head past the door and saw a big scorpion, nearly flattened by James' shoe, on the tile floor. 

"We're gonna have some storms," James muttered as he flushed the unlucky one down the toilet.


Ann said...

My daddy always said scorpions traveled in pairs. To this day that statement haunts me because when I find one I must begin a search to find the other. Hard to sleep at night knowing one is lurking nearby!

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Really? Wow! Never heard that one before!

sl lawrence said...

HA! Ann has already entered my intended post! Just to confirm, yes, scorpions travel in mated pairs. I empathize with her; I, too, always feel creeped out when I can't find the mate! So the one in the field is a widow (or a widower!) :(

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Goodness. I've got to look into that! Never heard of scorpions pairing off like that.

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