Scoop on Self-Destructive Scorpions?

Just heard the oft repeated warning that…

“Scorpions will sting themselves to death.”

Did a quick Google on it, did a search here and at Snopes, but I’ve not found anything satisfying. There’s one reference that it can occur but that it isn’t common and doesn’t happen in the wild.

Anyone have the Straight Dope?


Well, there’s this from an Urban Legends site:

In what film was reference made to this? I want to say Lawrence of Arabia, but I’m not sure.

The Wild Bunch?