A 5 Foot Scorpion Invades Campus

You read that correctly! There is a five foot scorpion on campus. Well…I am building one.                  . 

Our first assignment in 3D Studio is that of constructing a variety of insects using mere cardboard. In my opinion, many of these insects are prehistoric or native to certain areas around the globe. I do not have images of my peers’ insects, but I know that one insect is a green, orange grasshopper, nearly as long as two pens. All of the insects are intricate and geometric, inspiring me to draw patterns in order to create the larger-than-life model of my own insect–the scorpion. I enjoy seeing everyone in studio hovering over a deceased insect, working extensively to understand the structure of their insects.

On a scientific note, I am going to share some interesting facts about the Pandinus Imperator (aka the Emperor Scorpion)

  • They are native to West Africa
  • inhabitants of humid environments
  • The Pandinus species often reside near human habitation in large groups
  • they are heavier than other scorpions
  • often accepted as pets because of their timid nature and mild venom that is used primarily for defense
  • Their immense claws assist them with killing prey
  • This particular species glows blue/green under a UV light
  • Life expectancy is 5-8 years; they live longer when in captivity
  • They are also nocturnal carnivores that consume insects and other arthropods

Were you just as surprised as myself when you heard that the Pandinus Imperator is typically considered a household pet? Who would dare to keep that horrific, giant insect in their home? I am afraid, however, that if I ask, someone will answer. But I am intrigued by the glow in the UV light fact. That makes them seem harmless, I suppose, but that doesn’t mean that I plan on purchasing one. I think the one in the box for class is just fine. Besides, who needs a real scorpion to invade WashU’s campus?


That is all for now.

Until next time: have a beautiful day lovely people!