Subject: Unknown Bug
Geographic location of the bug: Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa
Time: 01:42 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We found this bug in our kitchen. I have never seen such a bug in my life. Please help us identify this strange visitor?
How you want your letter signed: Michael Robinson
This is a Tailless Whipscorpion, a non-venomous, nocturnal predator that is considered harmless, though it might possibly bite if carelessly handled. In many tropical countries, Tailless Whipscorpions are tolerated indoors because they will prey upon unwanted nocturnal visitors like Cockroaches and Spiders.
I have been living in this region for the past 15 years, and this is my forst time seeing one.
Thanks for identifying.
We are so thrilled we have been able to educate you on the Tailless Whipscorpion, a shy, nocturnal hunter.