Subject: What bug is this???
Geographic location of the bug: South East Idaho
Time: 03:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We saw this crawling across our floor last night. We have never seen this bug in our area. I’ve lived here 55 years. Is it dangerous? We have a baby crawling at home.
How you want your letter signed: Freaked out Grandma
Dear Freaked out Grandma,
This is a Solifugid, commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion. It is an Arachnid, but unlike Spiders and Scorpions, it lacks venom so it is harmless, though a large individual might deliver a painful bite. Middle Eastern members of the order are much larger and are called Camel Spiders. According to BugGuide, they are reported from Idaho and we have reports in our own archive of a Solifugid from Idaho.