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Scorpion Tick?
Location: Mt. Bethel, PA
November 10, 2010 7:16 pm
My daughter found this odd looking tick-like bug in the bathroom.
Signature: Chris

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Chris,
Though your photograph is little more than a silhouette, the outline of the harmless Pseudoscorpion is unmistakable.  Pseudoscorpions are frequently mistaken for ticks.  Pseudoscorpions are also frequently found inside homes where they prey upon unwanted visitors.  They possess no venom so they are perfectly harmless.

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pseudoscorprion vs dipteran
June 22, 2010
I discovered these two guys going at on my bathroom counter while brushing my teeth. The fly kept taking off with the psuedoscorpion attached, but not getting very far and landing back on the counter. They did this a few times and every time they landed I took another photo. I never witnessed the endgame. My money’s on the fly ultimately escaping with 5 legs.
Tony
Greenwood IN

Phoresy with Pseudoscorpion and Fly

Hi Tony,
The first time we received an image of a Pseudoscorpion attached to the antennae of a Cerambycid Beetle, we were in awe at the ambitiousness of the tiny Pseudoscorpion’s hunting prowess, but Eric Eaton informed us that this was Phoresy in action.  Since then, we have received numerous Phoresy images.  Some creatures like Pseudoscorpions and Mites use other insects, especially winged ones, for transportation purposes.  We believe that is what is going on in this series of photos.  We will try to get an ID on your fly.

Phoresy: Pseudoscorpion attempts to fly with Fly

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Pseudo-scorpion?
June 11, 2010
I found this bug under my husband’s work shirt in the laundry room. At first I thought it was a tiny spider. After I saw the claws, I thought it was some type of tick. I think it’s a pseudo-scorpion. My question is, are there more? Do you think it could have carried itself in on my husbands shirt or do you think there could be a family living nearby?
Thanks for any info you can provide.
Kathy
Northeastern Ohio, June 10, 2010

Pseudoscorpion

Hi Kathy,
Pseudoscorpions are not social creatures.  They are solitary hunters, but we would wager this Pseudoscorpion has siblings somewhere.

Pseudoscorpion

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Odd looking bug with odd pinchers
April 24, 2010
I found this bug earlier this evening in our bedroom (kinda scary) but I have never seen anything like this before. The body size is about 3mm. Each extended arm has 2 pinchers on it. When it’s in defense, it backs up really fast and tucks pinchers in. Can you help me out? Thank you!!
SLJ
South Dakota

Pseudoscorpion

Dear SLJ,
Your diminutive visitor is a harmless Pseudoscorpion.  They are often found in homes around the world where they will help rid the domicile from unwanted insects.

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UBER-TINY tick/scorpion/spider-ish bug
April 7, 2010
When my husband called me into the shower, this isn’t what I expected. This little guy hiding in the corner just looked like a spider at first but he (she?) definitely has claws/pincers. His body is extremely flat like a tick and he is various shades of brown. Sorry the photos aren’t very clear, I don’t have a good close-up camera. Between the focus and the flash, I hope you can see enough to identify this awesome little bug!
Cooper
Central, PA

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Cooper,
We can’t imagine any other reason your husband would call you to the shower but to point out the Pseudoscorpion he found there.  Pseudoscorpions are harmless predators that, despite their diminutive size, are capable of killing larger prey.  Unlike either scorpions or spider which they resemble, Pseudoscorpions have no venom.

Pseudoscorpion

Thanks for the quick reply and ID, I never thought to look him up under “P” for pseudo! I use your website all the time, keep it up!
Cooper

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What the heck is this?
January 29, 2010
This bug was floating in my water cup, I almost drank him. I thought it was a “crab” spider, then he unfurled two long front limbs with claws that resemble those of a scorpion. I’ve never seen anything like this around here. Also strange: it’s the dead of winter (January), temperatures are almost down to the teens outside, so I’d have thought most everything is hibernating or dead. Please tell me what this is! I have him in captivity, he’s alive.
Thank you, David Obal
Central NJ

Pseudoscorpion

HI David,
Pseudoscorpions, like the one in your photos, are perfectly harmless because they don’t have venom.  Pseudoscorpions are often found inside the home where they will prey upon small insects.

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