The DSPCA have identified the scorpion that was discovered on a building site on Baggot Street in Dublin last Wednesday.
It has been identified as Euscorpius Carpathicus, which can be identified by its colour; some are black with yellow spots and others an orange-brown colour.
It is believed that the scorpion arrived to Ireland from Turkey in a delivery of sinks.
The scorpion is in the care of the DSPCA, who have nicknamed him JP. The DSPCA called in expert help to identify the unexpected visitor and it will be rehoused soon.
The DSPCA, which rescues and rehomes animals and wildlife, stepped in after receiving a call from workers on the worksite, bringing the unusual sighting to their attention.
Of the 1,500 known species of scorpion in the world, only approximately 25 are thought to be dangerous. The DSPCA have reassured the public that JP is not known to be a dangerous species of scorpion as the Euscorpius Carpathicus scorpion rarely ever uses its stinger.
Euscorpius Carpathicus is known to live in warm climates in Southern Europe and it can inhabit gardens, forests, underneath stones, in houses and in old walls.
Speaking about the prevention of foreign insects entering Ireland, a spokesperson for the DSPCA have said that it is next to impossible to ensure they that they aren’t exported from their native countries and imported elsewhere.
“It very difficult to prevent these situations, this scorpion came in a packaged wash hand basin from Turkey.”
This scorpion is just one case of foreign insects entering Ireland but there are many similar cases in Ireland every year involving tarantulas and funnel web spiders.
The DSPCA suggest that you call them should you spot any insects you are unsure of on – 014994700.
by Nicole McNelis