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Subject:  Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Idaho, USA
Date: 09/22/2021
Time: 04:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug on the garage floor and have never seen anything like it.  It’s about 1 inch from mouth to rear.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks!

Solifugid

This is a Solifugid, commonly called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion.  Though related to both Spiders and Scorpions, Solifugids lack venom and though they are predators, they are not considered dangerous to humans.

Subject:  What bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Borrego Springs
Date: 09/09/2021
Time: 11:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I am house/pet sitting in this area which I’m fairly new to. This bug was inside the house.
How you want your letter signed:  Babs

Solifugid

Dear Babs,
This is a predatory Solifugid and it appears dead with its guts showing indicating it was likely squashed.  Solifugids do not have venom or poison, so they pose no threat to humans.  It is possible to get bitten and a large individual might draw blood, but again, they pose no threat to humans.

Subject:  Is this guy on record yet?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Texas
Date: 08/14/2021
Time: 09:10 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I looked up venigarone, and did not find any pictures of this guy.
How you want your letter signed:  Kenneth Peeples

Solifugid

Dear Kenneth,
This is not a Vinegaroon.  It is a predatory Solifugid, sometimes called a Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion, but unlike both Spiders and Scorpions, Solifugids have no venom and pose no threat to humans, though large individuals including Camel Spiders from the Middle East, might deliver a painful bite that draws blood.  The much smaller North American Solifugids pose no threat to humans.

Subject:  Strange Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Big Bear City, CA
Date: 10/23/2019
Time: 01:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in house, while moving boxes. Put it in a slick glass to take photos. It looked mostly black with brownish legs and big angled antennae. Small pinchers on face.
Good climber, so I rubbed orange oil around inside top of glass to confine it. Hope there aren’t more.
How you want your letter signed:  Betty Arnold

Solifugid

Dear Betty,
This fascinating creature is a harmless, predatory Solifugid, a type of Arachnid.  What you have mistaken for antennae are actually pedipalps.  Solifugids are considered harmless to humans because unlike other venomous Arachnids like Spiders and Scorpions, Solifugids have no venom.  They do have powerful mandibles and they might bite if carelessly handled.

Thank you for your quick reply. I was uneasy about thinking that one would crawl over me as I slept last night. Thanks for your quick reply.
Betty

Subject:  Identify this bug for me please
Geographic location of the bug:  Turlock California
Date: 05/09/2019
Time: 02:57 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me identify this I’ve seen them several times and they are scary and horrifying
How you want your letter signed:  Please help me

Blurry Bug might be Solifugid

In addition to being “scary and horrifying” this bug is also quite blurry, so much that we cannot identify it, but it might be a Solifugid.

Subject:  ? Spider/scorpion ? Or what
Geographic location of the bug:  Panama, western highlands
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 09:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  First looked like scorpion, which we have here, was moving 2 pinchers which were short and flush with head, but had long torso, more like a bee? 4 legs on each side plus long feeler type front legs. Total lenght maybe 1 1/2 inches.
How you want your letter signed:  Confused

Solifugid

Dear Confused,
You do not seem confused to us at all.  What you described as a “? Spider/scorpion ? Or what” is a Solifugid, a non-venomous Arachnid that is related to both Spiders and Scorpions, but lacking a venomous bite or sting.  Solifugids are sometimes called Wind Scorpions or Sun Spiders.  We frequently get identification requests from the Southwestern parts of North America.  Middle Eastern Solifugids are much larger in size, are commonly called Camel Spiders and were the result of some internet hysteria several years ago.

Wow!
Thank you so much for the info and for responding. We have lots of bugs here in the highland sof Panama and I find them intriquing and fun.
This one was different as it was on my pillow.
No longer confused.
Nancy