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Scorpion eating Earwig by melvynyeo Scorpion eating Earwig by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore forest.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorpion
Scorpions are opportunistic predators of small arthropods, although the larger kinds have been known to kill small lizards and mice. The large pincers are studded with highly sensitive tactile hairs, and the moment an insect touches these, they use their chelae (pincers) to catch the prey. Depending on the toxicity of their venom and size of their claws, they will then either crush the prey or inject it with neurotoxic venom. This will kill or paralyze the prey so the scorpion can eat it. Scorpions have an unusual style of eating using chelicerae, small claw-like structures that protrude from the mouth that are unique to the Chelicerata among arthropods. The chelicerae, which are very sharp, are used to pull small amounts of food off the prey item for digestion into a pre-oral cavity below the chelicerae and carapace. Scorpions can ingest food only in a liquid form; they have external digestion. The digestive juices from the gut are egested onto the food and the digested food sucked in liquid form. Any solid indigestible matter (fur, exoskeleton, etc.) is trapped by setae in the pre-oral cavity, which is ejected by the scorpion.[3]:296–297

Scorpions can consume huge amounts of food at one sitting. They have a very efficient food storage organ and a very low metabolic rate combined with a relatively inactive lifestyle. This enables scorpions to survive long periods when deprived of food; some are able to survive 6 to 12 months of starvation.[3]:297–298 Scorpions excrete very little; their waste consists mostly of insoluble nitrogenous compounds such as xanthine, guanine and uric acid.
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TeganHaruno Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I have such a phobia of earwigs. lol This scorpion is my hero <3
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igarcia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So that's what they eat.
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jamalocaust Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know which is creepier. Earwigs have an eerie aesthetic to them, but scorpions have a stinger. Amazing photo!
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ACLT Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful nature's law ^^ I though "Headchot!" when I saw it :3
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ManuTheMan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
awesome
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