Location: North Eastern Illinois
July 22, 2011 6:10 pm
This little guy (or girl) was found in a home in a wooded area of North-Eastern Illinois (Lake County). He (or she) is only big enough to sit on your pinky nail, and has a plump, elongated and segmented abdomen, apparently six legs not including two dispropotionately large front pincers. There appear to be two antenae protruding from the head, but those may be an additional set of legs. Coloration is black or deep brown, yellow or white striping at the segment seams, and on the belly. The pincers and legs appear to be red-ish.
Hope you can work with that and the picture!
This is a harmless predatory Pseudoscorpion. It will not harm your or your pets (unless your pets are small insects) and it will not damage your home.