Strange insect found in back yard
Location: 39°31′38″N 119°49′19″W
July 12, 2011 11:54 am
My daughter found this strange insect in my parents back yard this morning.
It has 6 legs attached to the thorax, and long thin antenna and what appear to be large mandibles. At first glance we thought it may be some over-sized wolf spider but upon closer inspection that is clearly not the case.
The temperature out side was 42* and we are in a high desert valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. We are currently in our summer months.
Signature: Justin K
This is an arachnid, not an insect, and it is a Solifugid, commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion. Despite having venomous relatives, the Solifugids do not have any venom or poison. They are fierce predators, and they might bite a person if they were carelessly handled, but they are not considered dangerous. We are translating your coordinates to read the Reno area of Nevada.