Costa Rican Scary Bug!!
Location: Mal Pais, Costa Rica
November 7, 2010 3:18 pm
Just got back from Costa Rica. This bug was crawling at night above the door to our bungalow in Mal Pais. I would have liked to get a photo with some sort of size reference, but honestly, this thing scared the heck out of me and I didn’t want to get close. It looks like some sort of spider/scorpion/grasshopper beast. I called it ”Black Death.” What do you call it?
Signature: Ben, Chicago, IL
Though it might look scary, the Tailless Whipscorpion is perfectly harmless. Unlike other venomous Arachnids like spiders and scorpions, the Tailless Whipscorpion does not possess venom. It is a shy nocturnal hunter that will keep the Cockroach population down as it patrols rooms at night.