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Subject: Wow what’s this bug?
Location: Nr Mount Everest
February 26, 2014 1:31 am
My friend found this bug in his bed in nepal.
It’s like a bed bug with scorpian arms!
I have done a little looking online but can’t find anything quite like it!
Think it was discovered near mount everest or when they were going to base camp.
Otherwise it was somewhere else in nepal.
Sorry the photo sin’t great.
Signature: Happy Bunny

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Happy Bunny,
This is a harmless predatory Pseudoscorpion, and its location near Mount Everest has piqued our interest.  We normally get photos of Pseudoscorpions because they are found in homes and dwellings, and we wonder if they have adapted through the years to benefit from a close association with humans by preying upon pests that trouble us, like Bed Bugs.

Thank you so much for looking at that for me :)
I have told my friend what it is, he will be pleased as it freaked him out a bit!
Thanks again
Kind regards
Miss Arnold

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Subject: arachnid?
Location: Sonoma County, California
February 9, 2014 5:32 pm
My wife found this little guy crawling around in the laundry room, waving the scorpion-like appendages. I took photos using a macro lens, which decided to focus on the ruler under the plastic measuring cup, so apologies for not having it exactly in focus. Neither of us has ever seen this particular insect before. At first she thought it may be a tick, but on further examination we are both stumped.
Signature: Larry

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Larry,
This is a harmless, predatory (beneficial) Pseudoscorpion, and you are correct that it is an arachnid.  Pseudoscorpions are harmless, because unlike their namesakes, they do not have venom.

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Subject: Bug in Bed
Location: Southern Minnesota, USA
January 9, 2014 8:32 pm
Late last night, I found a bug in my bed. It made me nervous ask had never seen it before. It was found isolated and no others were found. It was a mahogany brown the size of a small seed. It had 6 small legs with two large “pinches” in the front. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Anne

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Anne,
Due to internet hysteria about Bed Bug infestations being on the rise, we understand that finding any bug in the bed might be cause for concern, however, this Pseudoscorpion will not cause you any problems.  These tiny predators will not bite people, but they will help to control other undesirable insects and other arthropods in the home, including young Cockroaches and quite possibly Bed Bugs as well.  Pseudoscorpions do not have venom, so they are perfectly harmless to humans.

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Subject: Green & Black Beetle
Location: near Golfito Costa Rica
July 26, 2013 5:11 am
Hello Bugman,
This green and black beetle would show up off and on during our recent visit to Costa Rica. I found it quite striking. In a few picture it has a crab-like bug attached to it. Do you know more about these two.
Thanks!
Signature: Ocho Verde Wildlife

Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

This colorful beetle is a Metallic Borer Beetle or Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  The wings are used to make jewelry by many indigenous groups in South America and modern jewely designers have continued that tradition.  We are sorry, we haven’t the time right now to research the species.  The hitchhiker is a Pseudoscorpion.  Pseudoscorpions often hitch rides on winged insects, and quite possibly on birds as well.  This advantageous means of transportation is known as Phoresy.

Phoresy:  Jewel Beetle transports Pseudoscorpion

Phoresy: Jewel Beetle transports Pseudoscorpion

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Subject: Eeeeek!
Location: San Diego, CA
July 5, 2013 11:38 am
So, saw this lone guy hanging out in plain view in my bathroom sink. Knew it was no ordinary house bug. It is the size of a flea but definitely not a flea – I took the picture under a microscope. It appears to be some sort of ectoparasite, but I can’t find any examples on the web of one with horns and long pincers. Help please?? Thank you!!
Signature: Kay

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Kay,
Fear not.  This is a harmless, beneficial, predatory Pseudoscorpion.

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Subject: Small Scorpion? In Ohio? On my work bench? Creepy!
Location: 41.256194,-83.006687
July 5, 2013 5:23 pm
Hey! I spied this little guy when working outdoors on my portable workbench. About a quarter of an inch long. Looks to me like a whiptail scorpion but no whip?
Signature: Tony Schacher

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Tony,
Like Scorpions and Whipscorpions it resembles, this Pseudoscorpion is an Arachnid, but unlike Scorpions, it does not have any venom.  Pseudoscorpions are found in many parts of the world.  They are perfectly harmless predators and they do not get much larger than the individual you encountered.

Upon seeing my photo upload on facebook my Daughter identified it as a chernetid, or “pseudoscorpion”

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