What in the world is this???
April 13, 2011 10:53 pm
I found this critter just inside our front door. We live in Arizona, so at first I though it was a baby scorpion. Upon closer inspection, I realized that there was no stinger. It’s about 3/4 of an inch long and seems to either have 8 legs and a pair of antennae or 6 legs, a pair of antennae and a pair of feelers. My daughters are totally grossed out and hope there are no more in the house. Help!!!
Signature: Kids Are Freaking Out
Dear Kids Are Freaking Out,
This is a Solifugid, and though they are commonly called both Sun Spiders and Wind Scorpions, unlike their distant relatives spider and scorpions, they do not possess venom. They are nonetheless magnificent hunters. Your kids have nothing to fear from this diminutive species, though if carelessly handled, it is entirely possible that they might bite.