Striped Bark Scorpion in Missouri

August 13, 2009
Dear Bugman,
This is my favorite site ever. it’s taught me to love all little creatures. I am beginning an Entomoly course this month, ( wish me luck). ANYWAY, I was on vacation last week at the Lake of The Ozarks, in Missouri. Osage Beach area. This little guy was about to crawl acrossed my friends foot! I wrangled him, took a few pictures, ( which really ticked him off), and then released him away from where kids play and walk. I talked to the hotel, and they say they never get scorpions this time of year. Could I have BROUGHT HIM WITH ME??? Im from Arizona. He was outside when I found him though. It was about 1am, about 30 feet from the lake. THANKS!!!!
Sherri the Love Bug.
Lake Ozark, MO (Central missouri)

Striped Bark Scorpion
Striped Bark Scorpion

Hi Sherri the Love Bug,
This is a Striped Bark Scorpion, Centruroides vittatus, and according to BugGuide, it is reported from Missouri. According to BugGuide, the range is: “Populations of this scorpion encompass a large geographic range that includes southern Colorado, eastern New Mexico, several of the states in northern Mexico, Texas, western Louisiana, western Arkansas, southern Missouri, Oklahoma, and much of Kansas.” Kari J McWest is credited with the following identification description on BugGuide: “A very important clue is the ‘triangle’ on the front of the carapace; long, slender appendages, which are noticeably more elongate in males than in females; two broad stripes down back, with orange bars on each tergite (dorsal plate); hands and fifth metasoma (tail) segment are darker, especially in young and freshly molted specimens; broad stripe on the back of the tail.” BugGuide also remarks:  “Venom is a mild neurotoxin, sting is quite painful. Some people might have a severe allergic reaction requiring medical attention  This is the most common scorpion in the USA.

Of course we wish you luck in your entomology class.  If your class is in Arizona, we would like to propose a topic of research for you.  That would be one good way to impress your instructor from the start.  You will probably have to write a research paper.  The Blister Beetles are in the family Meloidae and their complicated life cycles are fascinating.  Additionally, Arizona probably has the greatest diversity of Blister Beetles in the U.S.

Striped Bark Scorpion
Striped Bark Scorpion
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