- A new video shows the mysterious glow of scorpions when exposed to UV light
- Short clip shows a scorpion mother with dozens of babies on her back
- Under UV light, the mother glows blue and the babies turn purple.
- UV light is converted when it interacts with the scorpion’s protein
A new video uncovers a mysterious trait of scorpions – when exposed to ultra violet (UV) light, arachnids glow a stunning blue or purple.
The 14-second clip shows a brown female scorpion carrying dozens of babies on her back, which are similar in color but when a UV light is shone on, the group glows with creepy lightning colors.
The adult scorpion turns blue-green in color, while its young become bright purple.
UV light is converted when it interacts with scorpion proteins, but scientists have yet to determine the reason for the development of this mysterious feature.
Some speculate that the glow may help arachnids find each other, know when it’s time to hunt, or it may be a way to confuse prey. NBC News.
The 14-second clip shows a brown female scorpion carrying dozens of babies on her back, who are similar in colour, but when a UV light is shone on, the group glows with unnatural lightning colors
ecologist artist, Sarah Faults, shared the video which shows the scorpion’s mother with a collection of her young strapped to her back.
The glow is a result of chemicals in the outer shell that absorb and re-emit light at shorter wavelengths, petal pixel Report.
The outer layer, also known as the hyaline layer, is transparent and plays a role in holding the cells formed during division together.
The hyaline layer is strong and able to stand the test of time.
UV light is converted when it interacts with the scorpion’s proteins, but scientists have yet to determine the evolutionary reason behind this mysterious feature. Pictures are scorpions without UV light
Scientists have found that even fossil scorpions glow under UV light. Additionally, when scientists preserve scorpion specimens in liquid-filled jars, the hyaline layer can make the liquid glow.
However, scientists have observed that scorpions do not glow after molting, which suggests that the outer layer has to harden completely before they can glow in UV light.
Scorpions have also been found to glow under the moonlight, which can be used by arachnids to determine when it is night time and time to go out for their meals.
California State researcher Carl Klock, who released a study about this idea in 2010, suggested that ‘moonlight may have a UV component,’ he pointed out. live science.
‘[Fluorescence] May be part of the mechanism by which scorpions respond to moonlight.’
Some speculate that the glow may help arachnids find each other, know when it’s time to hunt, or may be a way to confuse prey.
Glow can be a way of determining when it is safe for them to come out.
Scientists have long known that scorpions are more active when the moon is no longer full and their ability to tell them not to come out as moonlight would expose them to predators.
In 2019, research used the scorpion’s ability to glow to discover arachnids in Australia’s regional Victoria.
Using UV-proof goggles and a flashlight, La Trobe University researchers discovered hundreds of burrows in the Mali area.
Ecologist Heloise Gibb said Statement: ‘They glow in white, blue and green and are very bright.
In 2019, researchers were using the scorpion’s ability to glow to discover arachnids (pictured) in the Australian region of Victoria. Using UV-proof goggles and a flashlight, La Trobe University researchers discovered hundreds of burrows in the Mali region
Scientists found that 600 scorpion bills per acre were discovered in parts of the area, with arachnids packing a powerful sting.
‘It makes it really easy to find them.’
Gibb said 600 scorpion burrows per acre were discovered in parts of the area, with arachnids packing a powerful sting.
“The sting is not fatal but it is painful,” Gibb said. ‘They can also be quite aggressive, sometimes we have to lift them to measure so we use padded tongs to pick them up by their tails.
‘When they know you’re there, they’re ready to pick you up if they want to, with their tails straight.’