Currently viewing the category: "Scorpions, Whipscorpions and Vinegaroons"

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.
Many thanks again!
Signature: Kzrivera


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.

Subject: Scorpion in northern New Mexico
Location: Abiquiu, Rio Arriba County, NM
July 6, 2017 11:49 pm
After a lifetime of never once seeing a scorpion in the wild, I found this one while hiking tonight in Abiquiu, NM, approx. 6,400ft elevation. This one was out in the open running along on a dirt road, and I saw it by the shadow my flashlight was casting underneath. Perhaps an inch and a half long. This specimen seemed more skittish than aggressive, but I tried not to get too close. It held still long enough for a few long exposures illuminated by my flashlight.
I can’t seem to find much information on scorpions in NM. Most sources only seem to mention the highly venomous Arizona Bark scorpion, but I don’t think this one fits that description.
Signature: Andrew

Eastern Sand Scorpion

Dear Andrew,
This looks to us like an Eastern Sand Scorpion,
Paruroctonus utahensis, which is pictured on BugGuide and BugGuide data does list sightings in New Mexico.  There are other possibilities from the same genus.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Sand-dwelling species are distinguished by a row of setae (hairs) on the tarsal segments of the legs. This row of setae is called a bristlecomb and is in most species. Otherwise, they have large, robust pedipalp chelae (hands), and usually a slender metasoma (tail). An important character on the metasoma is the dorsal carinae (ridges) do not terminate with an enlarged granule or spine (seen in Vaejovis and other vaejovid genera except the punctipalpi group of the genus Vaejovis). The median eyes are typically large.”

Subject: Found this scorpion in my home.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
June 4, 2017 5:10 am
I found this scorpion on the wall inside my home. I got it into a jar and took a picture. I’m wondering if I should be worried that my property is home to a “scorpion hive” as well as if this is a scorpion viable for being a pet.
Signature: Chris

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Dear Chris,
We believe based on images posted to BugGuide that this is an Arizona Bark Scorpion,
Centruroides sculpturatus, and the range is listed as:  “All counties of Arizona, into western New Mexico, southern Utah, southern Nevada to Las Vegas vicinity, and in California only along Colorado River where it is not common. Also in much of Sonora, Mexico.”  LLLReptile states:  “Bark scorpions are a unique and fascinating group of scorpions indigenous to the Americas that are ideally suited to captive care in the vivarium. In America, the term Bark scorpion commonly denotes members of the genus Centruroides, a genus of Buthidae with between 70 and 80 species (different authorities disagree on certain species status). …
The species of this genus are non-burrowing and hide among leaf litter, under stones or wood, among dead or living vegetation, or in the folds of plants or tree bark. Many species find their way into human habitations in their native areas. They are light bodied and agile,0 and able to climb vertical surfaces or cling upside down to rough surfaces as they walk. A number of Centruroides species have very potent venom. Due to their defensive nature and frequent encounters with humans some Centruroides species are responsible for numerous deaths or dangerous envenomations in their native countries. C. exilicauda, C. sculpturatus, C. limpidus, C. noxius, and C. suffusus all possess venom documented as having caused humans deaths, other species within the genus may possess medically significant venom. Many species within the genus possess venom capable of inflicting strong pain, but are not considered to have particularly toxic venom. Any species of Centruroides must be kept in an escape proof cage. A tight fitting lid is a must for any enclosure, as small gaps between lids and enclosures can provide perfect opportunities for escape. Some keepers apply a band of petrolium jelly around the upper lip of the cage to help prevent young or small specimens from escaping.”  We would urge you to exercise caution if you plan to keep this Arizona Bark Scorpion as a pet.  We will be post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while our editorial staff is away on holiday.

Subject: Strange 8 legged thing
Location: South Africa
May 25, 2017 5:52 am
I found this thing could please help identify it and wether it’s dangerous thank you
Signature: JD

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Jane,
This is a Tailless Whipscorpion, a shy, nocturnal predator that will prey upon unwanted household pests like Cockroaches as well as Spiders and Scorpions.  Tailless Whipscorpions might bite if carelessly handled, but they are considered harmless as they have no venom.

Thanks so much really appreciate the help I researched and apparently they’re also called whipspiders?

Subject: Fearsome bug in Cambodia
Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
April 30, 2017 9:06 pm
I have seen this bug in my bathroom (both times it was I the bathroom)) acouple of times in my home in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The time of year is March and April. As it looks fearsome, I would like to know anything I can about it.
Signature: Al


Dear Al,
Despite its fearsome appearance, this Whipscorpion is harmless since it has no venom, however its mandibles might have been capable of biting prior to its untimely demise, which is why we are tagging this posting as Unnecessary Carnage.  Whipscorpions are shy, nocturnal hunters that will help keep your bathroom and other rooms free of Cockroaches, Spider and Scorpions, and other unwanted visitors, which is why they are frequently tolerated in tropical countries.

Subject: Tailless Whipscorpion?
Location: Chemuyíl Pueblo, México Yucatán
January 8, 2017 10:58 am
Hi. This creature is living inside my casita’s biodigestor (a sewage processing tank), but I imagine it has a good life in there. It seems to use the long front legs as feelers, probing in all directions. There are many unusual bugs in the jungle here, such as spiders and scorpions that carry their babies on their backs.
I was delighted to find your site – thanks!
P.S. Can you tell me about spiderlings traveling in a “conga line”, hundreds of them? Why?
Signature: Malcolm

Tailless Whipscorpion

Dear Malcolm,
Back in 2006 we received images of a Tailless Whipscorpion from Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico with the information that a local name is Cancle.  Wolf Spiders are among the most well-known Spiders that exhibit maternal behavior, caring for the young Spiderlings until they are ready to disperse.  We have never heard of a situation where Spiderlings remain together after leaving the female’s protection, and we suspect the “conga line” you witnessed was of creatures other than Spiders.  The behavior you describe is more typical of social insects like ants or immature Hemipterans.  Are you able to provide an image?