Black scorpion thing
Location: West of Ireland
September 8, 2010 1:23 pm
I recall a few years ago lifting up a potted plant in my garden (in Ireland) when i noticed a smallish bug, perhaps the size of a large locust, but it looked exactly like a scorpion with the curled stinger over its head and two pincer claws at the front. It was black and the stinger on its tail was white. Any idea what this could be, in Ireland of all places? I have no picture
We were not originally going to publish your letter, but we love that you enclosed an image of the video box art from the 1950s classic horror film The Black Scorpion, and we are also intrigued by what you could possibly have seen. We did find an online BBC news article of a woman stung by a scorpion in a market in Ireland, but to the best of our knowledge, there are no scorpions in Ireland. We searched the internet and found a message board that poses a good possibility. Perhaps you encountered a Devil’s Coach Horse, a Rove Beetle that strikes a defensive pose similar to that of a stinging scorpion. We have attached a photo from our archive to this response. The Devil’s Coach Horse is native to Europe, but it has been introduced to North America. It is well established in our own Mt Washington, Los Angeles garden.
Oh yeah, did a quick google search and it does look like what I saw, it was a long time ago and all I could remember was that it looked like a scorpion, shows how easily myths get started! Thanks for your help and love the site 😀