The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks - every few years - this remote section of desert is transformed into a magic carpet of purple. The wildflower Scorpion Weed takes over this corner of the Mojave Desert in southwestern Utah when the conditions are right.
Only one species of scorpion in the western U.S. has venom that is dangerous to humans, but that one species is the most common scorpion we work with in Arizona: the Arizona Bark Scorpion. Although the Arizona Bark Scorpion is venomous, its sting is the most dangerous to people who have an allergic reaction, and antivenin is widely available in Arizona when needed.
Arizona Desert Scorpion -(Hadrurus arizonensis) Arizona Desert Scorpion, Giant hairy Scorpion | largest scorpion in the United States, up to 6". | Borrows underground. One of the three most common scorpions found in Arizona, but not often seen.
PEORIA, AZ - OCTOBER 13: Tim Tebow #15 (New York Mets) of the Scottsdale Scorpions warms up on deck during the Arizona Fall League game against the Peoria Javelinas at Peoria Stadium on October 13, 2016 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)