After dinner annoyance
Sitting back, relaxing on couch after dinner, red wine in hand. In shorts, this is the desert, legs crossed.
I feel an annoying tickle on my right leg. Something crawling slowly thru my hair there. Look down and see this fellow (dead in this photo):
Killed 'im, but spilled the wine on myself and ruined a pair of shorts. Must learn greater composure. I know by experience that their lethality is greatly overrated.
UPDATE: chuckle, yes, I should have worded that more precisely. I wouldn't get THAT upset at seeing a "deadly" bark scorpion on my leg. I've been stung 3x by them, never bothered to go to an ER. A doc friend told me all the data on lethality involves infants in rural South America, where medical help is far away. For me -- I'd take their sting over that of a bee. You feel a stab like a needle, smarts some, and then an electrical tingling goes up your leg, lasts for anywhere from eight to 36 hours. In a bad case, walking is a little difficult because leg won't coordinate perfectly. I'm told the bigger ones aren't like this, and the venom hurts pretty badly.