The Aerie sits on what pretty much qualifies as open space in suburban San Diego. This means that we get our fair share of wildlife poking around the yard. We hear and have seen coyotes and we get lots of interesting birds, the occasional snake, or lizard and whatnot. There is a “varmint” that appears to be doing some nighttime destruction of some parts of The Beloved’s garden, but we won’t talk about that.
Anyway — yesterday, as we were preparing to head out for some fun, Penny became VERY interested in something near the entrance to our garage. Ambling over, Penny seemed about to go snout-to-stinger with a scorpion!
We quickly ushered Penny away (she was really curious about it) and I got the broom and swept the scorpion to a safe distance. Hopefully, he (she? how could you tell?) is busy eating bugs somewhere else.
I’m not much of an arthropod naturalist (grilled lobster tails baja-style and crabs with Old Bay are about where I stop), but judging from his size (about 3") and appearance I think this intruder was a Striped Tail Scorpion – which apparently is pretty common here in southern California. Its venom is not particularly dangerous.
Not too dramatic of an animal encounter – though I did find myself humming “Rock You Like A Hurricane” for some reason all afternoon…