I spoke of my trips west with Uncle Stosh. s a kid I spent 2 summers living a kids dream. I would spend a few weeks with Uncle Stosh, going out with him as he did his mineral searches in the "Field season" (Usually May (sfter hed give his finals and any late season field trips with his students), to August). Hed have to be back with hos reports and get any drilling done and then be there to start his teaching schedule.
Wed be in the High deserrts of US and Mexico mostly and I would spend evenings (not in Mexico though) traipsing the hills with his MINERALIGHT (a portable ultravioet light that carried both of the major UV wavelengths)
Id go looking for Flourescent Septerian nodules, Red Beryls (in Utah), Micrclines (in Colo and NM) and SCORPIONS.
For some reason, and I dont know why to this day-Scorpions glow a neat blue green, and you can see em in the dark many feet away. They seem oblivious to their "glow" and I always wondered whether that was an evolved warning system for animals that can see in the UV range?
Id collect a box full of em and Id pin em up (with Stosh's help (my mom was sure I was gonna get dead on these trips-even though STosh was HER brother . In those days we never had "Show and tell" but we did have times devoted to bringing in hobbies or work weve done at home.
Scorpions were a hit (with the other boys) girls were somehow repulsed by anything spidery.
The scorpions I ha would always lose their flourescence a month or so after they were newly dead. So maybe it was a warning-like a rattle on a snake.