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Please help! I do not know what the bug is that you see in the attached pictures. It was crawling around on the floor in our kitchen. I noticed it because my kitty was playing with it. I initially thought it was a scorpion but do not think so anymore. Should I be worried, is it poisioness? Do you think there are more? Help!! Thank you,
Katie White

Hi Katie,
Your creature is a Solpugid, sometimes known as a Wind Scorpion or a Sun Spider. Solpugids are Arachnids, so they are related to both spiders and scorpions, but unlike spiders or scorpions which are both venomous, Solpugids do not have venom. They are harmless predators that are very efficient at killing and eating small creatures like their relatives the spiders and scorpions, as well as insects like cockroaches. We have heard that the Solpugid is also called by the much cuter name of Sand Puppy in some parts of the country, but this might cause confusion since we have also heard that Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Crickets, which bear a superficial resemblance to Solpugids, are also called Sand Puppies. Since we do not believe in Spontaneous Generation, there is a good chance that your Solpugid has siblings in the vicinity.

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3 Responses to Solpugid: AKA Sand Puppy

  1. christian says:

    Yes this one too , we always called this a sand puppy to we used to catch them when we were little , here in Utah . haven’t seen one in year’s though . They were pretty big to i remember :) Anyway love the sight , it was helpful and you really never here or see these thing’s around here anymore .

    • sdnb says:

      We just found one in our driveway, during the middle of the day, in Clinton, UT! I hadn’t seen one in over 20 years! It’s alive, but seems to be injured…

  2. Nichole Williamson says:

    We see them all of the time down where we camp near the sand dunes at Cherry Creek which is located in Juab County, Utah. We also just ran into a few at Goblin Valley (also in Utah) just this past April 2015 when we went camping over Easter weekend. They still exist in the gully that is behind my Parents house which is in Sandy, UT. We also used to find them ALL of the time in the back field leading down into the gully when we were younger and would dig underground caves to make “huts” when we were younger. They are nasty looking and still scare me to death to this day.

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