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Spider
Please help, found in AZ.
Mark M. Moore

Dear Mark,
What a marvelous image of a Tailless Whip Scorpion. These shy retiring creatures are harmless.

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Found scorpion in my pizza, what kind is it?
Hello,
This scorpion was in my pizza last night. I know nothing about them. Can you tell me what kind it is and where it might have came from? Incidentally, Pizza Hut is lacking in answers on this one.
Katherine Sheppard

Hi Katherine,
We haven’t answered your question because we are not sure what species of scorpion you found. We can tell you that there is a danger of being stung, but there are only a few species in the U.S. that are truly dangerous. None are a pleasant experience though. This has to be one of the craziest letters we have ever gotten.

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could you tell me what that is?
I found this bug in the anza borrego desert. Could you tell me what it is? Also, could you recomment a good field guide for spiders???
thanks.
anja.

Hi Anja,
Your arthropod is a Solpugid, known commonly as Sun Spiders or Wind Scorpions. They are harmless. Sorry, we don’t know of a good Field Guide for exclusively spiders. You might want to contact the Audubon Guide folks and see if they have one in the works.

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what’s that bug? spider like? black apx 4" spread between it’s legs? Quick. Phoenix AZ

Hi Phoenix,
You have a great photo of a Tailless Whipscorpion, Family Tarantulidae, genus Tarantula. Whipscorpions are usually found in damp places, indoors in basements and shower stalls. They are nocturnal hunters and harmless to people. WE are assuming that the word “Quick” in your brief query referred to the movement of the creature and not to a demand on our part for an answer. They do scurry sidewise quickly if approached. Thay range in color from pale to dark blackish brown, deopending on the time since the last molt. They eat insects and spiders as well as other arthropods.

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Mexico
Hey Bugmaster
I’m in Mexico for a study abroad, and I came across this bug and had NO idea what the heck it might be. I watched it for about an hour and tried to put other insects in with it to see its reaction, it hated ants and didnt bother with a cockroach. P.S.- you may have to zoom in 100% to get a good view of it and the flash dosent do much for the coloration of the insect but it really shows its body structure well.
Thanks!!!
Tommy C.

Hi Tommy,
You have sent in a photo of a Tailless Whip-Scorpion, Family Tarantulidae. They are denizens of the humid tropics. They are nocturnal, often living under stones and bark. They are predatory, feeding on insects and arthropods. They are not venomous

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