Can you name this insect for me…?
I recently moved to Phelan, California back in January. This area is considered a High Desert. Just in the last couple days we have been seeing a lot of these guys. They seem to be really smart and look like they are ready for a fight…lol. They use their two large front "arms", for lack of a better word, to climb, no more like scale a vertical wall. If you could give me a clue to what they are and if they are poisonous. I appreciate your help. Thanks…
Attached are a few photos I took in the bath tub before releasing him back into the desert.
The Solpugid is not an insect, it is an arachnid. It is related to spiders and scorpions, hence its common names Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion. In some places they are called Sand Puppies, but they are not related to dogs. Unlike Spiders and Scorpions, Solpugids do not have venom. They are harmless unless you are small enough to be considered food, in which case gram per gram, they might be the fiercest predators on the planet. We are lucky they don’t weigh 150 pounds. They will eat anything they can catch, which is a benefit in the desert.