A new species of scorpion has been discovered in the mountains just outside the city of Tucson, Ariz. It is only about 1 inch long and sports a dapper brown color. It's the ninth new species of mountain scorpion discovered in Arizona in the past six years, more than doubling the number of known scorpion species in the area. It has been named Vaejovis brysoni.Like other scorpions, this species often carries its pale-colored juveniles on its back.
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.