Subject: What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug: Southern California
Time: 11:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: The cat was playing with this bug in the hallway. Can you help me identify it please? Are they poisonous?
How you want your letter signed: Afraid to walk in the dark
Dear Afraid to walk in the dark,
This is a predatory Solifugid, sometimes called a Sun Spider or Wind Scoripion, but unlike its venomous relatives, the Solifugid is venomless, meaning it is no threat to you or your cat. We should caution you that they have strong mandibles, and they might bite if carelessly handled.