Unknown Agressive bug
Location: So Cal Inland Area
July 26, 2010 12:56 am
While working security at a medical bldg I came across an unknown bug. It was tan/brown in color, body long-thin about 2 inchs. It had 6 legs about 1-1/2 inch long, and 2 feelers about 1-1/2 inch long (about twice as thick as the legs). It moved rather quickly. It stopped in a dark shadow where I took the picture using my cell camera and a flashlight (Sorry bad photo). As soon as I turned on the flashlight it ran fast in the direction of my feet. I followed it for a short time. When it came into contact with other bugs (2 cockroaches, and 1 blackwidow) it would atack and kill them, then move on. Very agressive, a I’ve never seen it before. Best described as a very large ant looking type.
Insect or Arachnid or Scorpion?
Location: Fort Collins, CO
July 26, 2010 2:33 am
I live in Fort Collins, Colorado, and one summer day, this odd bug came crawling at a rather quick speed across my living room carpet. I am beyond curious to know what kind of creature it is, and how/why I have not seen one before or since. It’s about an inch and a half long, was very fast an aggressive when captured, and has eight legs…very odd indeed. What is it and what else is there to know about it?
Andy in CO
Dear Robert and Andy,
You have both submitted nice descriptive letters describing the behavior of a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion in the order Solifugae. Older texts refer to them as Solpugids, and newer texts use the more taxonomically accurate name Solifugid. These are predatory arachnids that do not possess venom, unlike either spiders or scorpions, other arachnids to which they are often compared. We probably have over fifty letters with images of Solpugids that we have received over the years posted to our site. You can read more about Solpugids on our site as well as on BugGuide. Since both of your letters arrived the same day and they are adjacent in our email box, we are posting them together.