July 31, 2009
Both of these were found in April in Mecca, California (just north of the Salton Sea). I know they’re Solifugae, but can you give me any more specifics? The first was much bulkier than the second.
Though we do not feel confident trying to properly identify you two Solpugids, commonly called Sun Spider or Wind Scorpions, we will post your photos in the hope that one of our readers is able to distinguish the different families, genera or species. We never go beyond the order Solifugae on them, though BugGuide: does have additional taxonomy, but not much in the way of guidelines.