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Subject: What is this?
Location: San Diego
May 16, 2014 9:26 pm
Dear BugMan,
What is this bug? He was FAST! Found him in an upstairs spare room. It’s been HOT here lately, 100+, not sure if that helps any.
Signature: Julie

Solifugid Carnage

Solifugid Carnage

Dear Julie,
Though it is an Arachnid, the class of creatures that includes venomous spiders and scorpions, this Solifugid is harmless as it does not have any venom.  That does not in any way inhibit the ability of a Solifugid to hunt prey, and they can help rid the home and yard of other undesirable creatures, including cockroaches and bed bugs.  We would encourage you to have more tolerance in the future and allow any Solifugids you encounter to live.  If found indoors, they can be trapped in an inverted glass and then taken outdoors by slipping a postcard under the glass to contain the creature inside.

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Subject: Yuck! What is it?
Location: Pasadena Ca USA
May 3, 2014 12:50 am
Found three of these in my house tonight . I might have stepped on the first smaller one. Then caught two more with my hand held vacuum and cups. They are so fast and creepy! Can you please tell me what they are?
Signature: Calujan

Wind Scorpion

Wind Scorpion

Dear Calujan,
Commonly called a Wind Scorpion, this arachnid lacks venom, so it is not really considered dangerous, however, even without venom, they are adept predators that will help keep your yard free of other unwanted creatures.  Though they don’t have venom, a large specimen might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  We suspect the recent heat wave in the Los Angeles area is the reason you have suddenly noticed these Wind Scorpions.

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Subject: Ant mimicry?
Location: Case Grande, AZ
April 29, 2014 5:51 pm
My father’s cat was playing with a large bug yesterday night (4/28/14) that I have not been able to identify on the internet. He lives in Casa Grande, Arizona where there is a vast amount of desert. It is the tail end of Spring and currently 90 degree weather during the day and in the 60′s at night. He sent me this photo of the bug inside a medicine bottle but it isn’t all that clear. It appears to have four sets of legs which indicate that it is not an insect but likely an arachnid though not likely a scorpion since it is missing pinchers and a stinger. It also seems to have an abdomen, thorax and a head with antennae and what looks to be mandibles, which means that it is not a spider unless it is ant mimicry. As far as the whereabouts of this thing at the present time, my father dropped it off by a canal near his home because he does not like to kill things.
Signature: Erika H.

Windscorpion

Windscorpion

Hi Erika,
Despite its common name of Windscorpion, this Arachnid in the order Solifugae is considered harmless since it does not have venom.  Large specimens might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.  Because of your father’s kindness to the lower beasts, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Windscorpions are also called Sun Spiders.

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Subject: Ant-like creature
Location: Costa Rica
November 24, 2013 9:15 pm
My sister had this fall on her neck while she was in bed in Costa Rica. Besides being the creepiest thing to fall on one’s neck while one is in bed, what is it?
Signature: Rob

Solifugid

Solifugid

Hi Rob,
This is a Solifugid, commonly called a Sun Spider or a Wind Scorpion.  They do not have venom and they are not considered dangerous, however, they have strong jaws and they might deliver a painful bite.

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Subject: What’s this bug??
Location: North Dakota
October 10, 2013 8:42 pm
Found this in the bathroom and another today. Any idea what this is?
Thanks for the help!
Signature: does not matter

Solifugid

Solifugid

Hi does not matter,
This is a Solifugid, a member of one of the Arachnid orders, which means it is classified along with venomous spiders and scorpions, however, Solifugids do not have venom, so they are harmless to humans, though large Solifugids from the Middle East, which are commonly called Camel Spiders, might deliver a painful bite.  Solifugids are sometimes called Sun Spider or Wind Scorpions.

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Subject: Spawn of Satan
Location: Latrobe, PA
July 15, 2013 9:19 pm
This dude was found in Latrobe, PA. I was born and raised there and have never seen anything like it. Hope you can help
Signature: Dave

Female Dobsonfly

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Dave,
We believe “Spawn of Satan” is an awfully harsh name for this female DobsonflyMale Dobsonflies are even more frightening looking, and both are perfectly harmless, though a female might give a pinch if carelessly handled.  Dobsonflies are not uncommon in your area.  Lay off the Rolling Rock and try to familiarize yourself with more of the natural world around you.

Lol love the rolling rock reference.  Thanks guys. I’ve been living in vegas for the past 8 years and have been seeing “camel spiders” lately. Heard a rumor that they are native to the middle east and were  brought here by G.I.’s. Can you shed any light on this?

Yes we can.  There are large Camel Spiders in the Middle East, and there was some internet hysteria caused by a hoax inspired by a wide angle photograph that distorted the perspective and scale of two Camel Spiders held by a wrench that made the viral internet rounds many years ago.  North American species are considerably smaller, and by chance we profiled the Sun Spider of North America as our Bug of the Month last month.  Sun Spiders or Wind Scorpions as the North American Solifugids are commonly called are often victims of Unnecessary Carnage.

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