19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mom carries its back scroplings

Mother Scropion carries it back scroplings while walking nearby in search of food. When scorplings emerge, the mother forms a “birth basket” with her claws, which gives the newborns a leg-up onto her back. The scorplings instinctively know how to get on mom's back, arranging themselves in the birth basket in a way that's particular to their genu.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Reni Bennur, Karnataka, India, India
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © apurba Das