"A scorpion's anus is at the end of its tail. If the tail breaks off, the scorpion can never poo again." – Ed Yong, describing a newly documented case of autotomy (i.e. self-amputation) in scorpions. If talk of collateral anus amputation doesn't make you want to read about scorpion tails, what the hell are you even…
Because smartphone-controlled cyborg cockroaches are apparently not enough, Michigan-based Backyard Brains has turned their attention to predatory arthropods — this time using an electrical current to remotely induce a scorpion to strike with its claws and tail.
What's not to love about this photo? In one fell swoop it inverts the reputation of a much-feared invertebrate. For the defenseless newborns sitting under the vicious sting are the scorpion's own offspring, tended by their mother until they are big enough to survive on their own.
Big scorpions are definitely intimidating in their own right, but ask anyone who hails from the southwest and they'll set you straight: it's the little ones you have to look out for.