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Subject:  what’s this bug?????
Geographic location of the bug:  Baja Mexico, East Cape
Date: 03/21/2018
Time: 03:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw 2 of these strange bugs.  They were in dark corners, on concrete surfaces, long antenna (2) and front crap/scorpion like legs as well as spider legs. The picture is after I sprayed the spider and moved it.  It’s a little curled up here.  Sorry for the shadows.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathleen

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Kathleen,
This was a harmless Tailless Whipscorpion, a shy nocturnal predator that will help keep your residence free of unwanted pests like Cockroaches.  We try to educate the web browsing public about the marvelous creatures that crawl about, so we created an Unnecessary Carnage tag long ago to draw attention to creatures that have been needless dispatched because they looked scary.

Daniel,
Thank you for your response.  I felt so bad ending this bug’s life, but until I was sure of what it was, I was rather scared.  I needed that a day before in the dark corner I found it as there was a huge cockroach that came from that spot.
Hmmmm… we learn as we go.  I will share the information with my neighbors so they know to just move the intimidating whipscorpion and not harm it.
Thank you!!!
Kathleen

Thanks for the update Kathleen,
We should probably clarify that though they are not venomous, Tailless Whipscorpions are predators and they do have rather powerful mandibles, meaning they might bite if carelessly handled, but they are shy and not aggressive around people, so provided you don’t try to pick one up, they pose no threat to you.

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Subject:  Found it lingering outside room
Geographic location of the bug:  Samana island, Dominican republic
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Just wondering what this bug is, it seemed rather slow moving when I saw it
How you want your letter signed:  Devin

Whipscorpion

Dear Devin,
This is a Whipscorpion or Vinegaroon, a non-venomous, distant relative of Scorpions.  Whipscorpions are not considered dangerous to humans, but they do have strong mandibles, so they might bite if carelessly handled.  They are shy nocturnal predators that will help keep populations of Cockroaches under control.  Arachnoboards lists
Mastigoproctus proscorpio as a Dominican species.

 

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Subject:  Is that a scorpion?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 10/17/2017
Time: 04:21 AM EDT
I saw the bug or whatever it is,  come out of the bathroom hole in the morning when i was gonna baith. Please tell me what that is.
How you want your letter signed:  Any way

Scorpion

This is indeed a Scorpion.

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Subject:  Spider in Nicaragua
Geographic location of the bug:  Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 04:03 PM EDT
We found this spider already deceased and decided to take a picture and try to identify it in case we find more of them.
How you want your letter signed:  Dalton Bragg

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Dalton,
This is a Giant Crab Spider or Huntsman Spider in the family Sparassidae.  There is a similar looking image on Arácnidos de Centroamérica.

Correction courtesy of Karl
Hi Daniel. I think this is actually a Tailless Whipscorpion (Amblypygi). Regards, Karl

Thanks for the correction Karl.  Now that you have brought this to our attention, we agree with you that this is a Tailless Whipscorpion.  They look much more distinctive alive.

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Subject: What kind of scorpion is this it’s pregnant
Location: California
July 15, 2017 9:11 pm
Okay please get back to me as soon as possible. My brothers scorpion had babies he said if i can make sure its a paruroctonus silvestrii. I really wanted it when i cought it with my sister, so please id love to have one. I just need what species it is i can look into it from there unless tou can tell me about it like how venomous it is, the temperature the food when to take them from the mom.
Signature: Darius

Scorpion and her Brood

Dear Darius,
We are inclined to agree with you that this is most likely a California Common Scorpion,
Paruroctonus silvestrii, based on images posted to BugGuide, but we cannot be certain.  We are unable to offer you any information on keeping Scorpions in captivity, but you might want to start by reading the Amateur Entomologists’ Society Raising Scorpions in Captivity caresheet.  Since female Scorpions guard their young, you should not try to remove any of the young until they disperse from the mother on their own.

Probably California Common Scorpion

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Subject: What is this scorpion?
Location: Sandia Park, NM
July 10, 2017 10:04 pm
We keep finding these in our new house at night. I am a bit worries as I have an older small-ish Sheltie and two very curious short-haired cats. I know poisonous scorpions are rare and mainly just hurt like heck. Can you tell what kind of scorpion this is? It was found in our home in Sandia Park, NM, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe at just shy of 7,000 ft on 7/6/17 at about 10pm.
We caught and released it (and want to be sure it is not wildly silly to do so). We are moving into their neighborhood and would like to live peacefully together but I am concerned about the pets and what we should do.
Thoughts?
Many thanks again!
Signature: Kzrivera

Scorpion

Dear Kzrivera,
Your individual looks similar to what we believe is an Eastern Sand Scorpion from Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, that we just posted.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award because of your capture and release policy.

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