While walking down the trail at night on our #NatureDoodlewash, I’ve run into this little scorpion. This freaky little creature has been around for over 430 million years and since its extremely sensitive to light, you’re most likely to encounter one when its dark. Which is truly terrifying. Although all scorpions are venomous, we are supposed to take comfort in the fact that only 30-40 of them with venom strong enough to kill you. The fact that even one kind could do that is enough to make me want to run and hide. They are closely related to ticks, mites, and spiders, so that tells you something right there.

The young are called Scorplings, which is admittedly rather cute, but still doesn’t make me want to pet one. You’ll find them on every continent except Antarctica due to their amazing ability to adapt and survive some of the harshest climates. But they do require dirt at a bare minimum since they like to burrow down into things. In an effort to test their ability to survive practically anything, researchers have even frozen a scorpion overnight. The next day, they put the likely pissed off frozen scorpion back in the sun and watched as it slowly thawed and walked away.

I’ve luckily never encountered one of these things while out hiking. And for that, I’m infinitely grateful. But like all creatures with unique abilities, I have to be impressed with their strong will to survive. Granted, they’ve got a huge evolutionary head start on us humans, but I still don’t think I could even survive a day without air conditioning. So cheers to this little invincible creature of the night. I’ll stick to sketches and virtual hikes with scorpions, though. I’m pretty sure I’d lose quickly in a fight, and I don’t particularly like the sound of my screams.

Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month! 

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Perylene Maroon, Azo Orange, Gamboge, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

49 replies on “A Scorpion In The Night

  1. Alright, I nearly fell off my chair screaming when this image popped up…but that aside…Cheers to you Charlie on your beautiful paintings that are able to pull an emotional reaction from your viewers…lol. The things researchers do to annoy scorpions helped to laugh off the nerves, loved your post, better than espresso to wake me up. Thank you for sharing…;D

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  2. Great colors! I am curious about the size nib you use in your fountain pen? Fine or? Would you sometime show a progression of your sketch? Stages of drawing and painting? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Cathy!! 😃💕I use an extra fine nib actually. I was going to do more process sketches, but I barely have time for the sketch itself! 😊 And I tend to stick with the same materials as they suit me. Many of my Guest Doodlewashers are teachers and far better givers of examples than I. Early this year I did do a sample of my process, but haven’t done one since. Not much has changed though, so here’s the link:



      1. Thanks! I love the beautiful color and life that you are able to achieve with your sketches! I appreciate the daily infusion of art.

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  3. Fortunately, I’ve never encountered one in real life either (and the fact that Margaret knows what they sound like is a bit terrifying) but your doodlewash is fantastic. And I feel a little better about them knowing that they start out as scorplings. Well, a just a little better……

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  4. Oddly, there was one of these on the counter when I was taking a cooking class in Mexico. Lucky for me there was someone familiar with them and killed it before it got to close to me! 😁 Your details and shadow are really fantastic, Charlie on your doodlewash! 🦂🦂🦂

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  5. I’ve never seen one either, thank goodness…it’s like an insect crossed with a lobster. It’s good you showed us a close up, so if we see anything remotely close we can start running…(K)

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  6. I’m rather fond of scorpions. Granted, I’ve never been stung by one – that might change my mind. Your painting is superb. I love the sheen and impression of hard carapace / exoskeleton you’ve achieved through layering.

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  7. I don’t know a lot about scorpions other than I probably shouldn’t wish to encounter one. Evidently, the Doodlewash scorpion is the one exception to this – he’s really rather beautiful, as scorpions go! Should’ve known, really! 😉

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  8. I know some people are freaked out by scorpions, spiders, beetles and the like, but I think they are so beautifully alien and enchanting. When I saw the colour and detail in this doodlewash, I had to smile.

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  9. Fantastic work, he looks about to scuttle off the paper, great colours. He is so realistic I am scared, yes I hate these creatures, harsh I know, especially as we don’t get them here in the uk, so I have never met one, thank goodness. I think it could be that probability that if I met one and it stung me I have 40% chance that I bumped into the wrong one for my first encounter??

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