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PostSubject: UV torch recommendation   7/2/2015, 3:03 pm

I will be in the south of France in a few weeks in an area where there are two Euscorpius species and one Buthus. I want to be able to wander around at night to find them and thought a uv torch would do the trick. Can anyone recommend one that I can buy in the UK that has a decent range without breaking the bank. Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: UV torch recommendation   7/2/2015, 6:30 pm

I got a pretty cheap torch off amazon that does the job. It's very similar to this http://www.amazon.co.uk/LingsFire%C2%AE-Detection-Blacklight-Flashlight-Counterfeits/dp/B00YRZ2X54/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1435878806&sr=8-4&keywords=uv+torch+scorpion. It works up to several metres away. For Euscorpius you're mostly going to be looking along old walls and buildings so you won't need a huge range on the torch anyway.

For Buthus occitanus I would recommend flipping rocks during the day time. When I was searching for Buthus ibericus in Portugal, this method gave the best result (to be honest I saw nothing at night using a UV torch). Rocks around the size of a football and above gave the best results as they were big enough to retain a little humidity under them. Be careful if you do find B. occitanus, though. They are very quick to sting.

Good luck hunting.
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PostSubject: Re: UV torch recommendation   7/5/2015, 5:30 am

Thanks for the recommendation. I have ordered that one. Did you by any chance come across any Scolopendra whilst search for Buthus in Spain?
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