We found this (see above photo) … under some sheet metal in my yard. I photographed it and set it back where we won’t meet again!
Mike Gordon, Walnut Creek, CA
It’s always kind of a shock when you discover a scorpion in your backyard, since most people don’t even know we have scorpions in the Bay Area, although they’re not common and rarely seen because they live under things. They are not very large, as can be seen in relation to the penny in the above photo, and their sting is about like that of a bee sting. I’ve been stung before and you’ll note I’m still around. They are not dangerous (unless you are allergic to insect/spider bites and stings). Nothing to panic about. Scorpions live in moist areas and feed on insects.
Mike did the right thing by putting it back where he found it. /Gary