"A male scorpion is stabbed to death after mating. In chess, the powerful queen often does the same to the king without giving him the satisfaction of a lover."--Gregor Piatigorsky
This insect in most cases represents danger and betrayal. They are feared, sexy, and sometimes lethal. Scorpions. Known for the venom they can produce and distribute with one sting from their tails.
Scorpion venoms are arsenal-like mixtures that provide the producing organism with the ability to kill their prey or deter possible competitors or predators.
Scorpions actually get an undeservedly bad rap, at least in terms of their killing power. Only about 25 of the 1,500 known species of scorpions can deliver stings that are fatal to humans. And most of these potentially lethal scorpions can't kill healthy adults, although their neurotoxins can cause such troubling symptoms as convulsions and shortness of breath. Infants and the elderly are most at risk of dying once stung by the deadliest species, though a few scorpions—such as the Death Stalker(Leiurus quinquestriatus) of North and Southwest Africa—are potent enough.
Of the 80 species in the United States, only one, the Arizona bark scorpion(Centruroides excilicauda), is considered lethal. (The name is a slight misnomer; the species is also found in the deserts of California and Utah.)
Scorpions in Mythology
In ancient Egypt representations of scorpions are frequently found on tombs and monuments. There is a section in the 'Ebers papyrus' entitled "How to Rid the House of Scorpions" and scorpions are mentioned in several passages in the 'Book of the Dead' as well as in the Talmud and the Bible Old Testament. In Hebrew ancient history the scorpion was the emblem of the tribe of Dan.
*I remember seeing the tribal scorpion on a wall in a tattoo parlor many years ago and just had to have it lol.
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