Location: San Diego, CA
August 16, 2010 10:26 pm
i saw this bug on a night hike in southern california. A desert climate. Along side scorpions.
This harmless Arachnid is commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion, though it is in its own order Solifugae. We are going to try to begin to break ourselves of the habit of calling it a Solpugid, an obsolete term, and begin using the more taxonomically correct name Solifugid. They are formidable predators and larger specimen might be capable of producing a painful bite that draws blood, but they lack venom. See BugGuide for additional information.