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Spider Photos - Solfugids

Here are some photos of Solfugids spiders sent in by viewers. These arachnids are not technically spiders and are known as Wind Scorpions, Sun Spiders and Camel Spiders. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.
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SOLFUGIDS/CAMEL SPIDERS

Solfugids or Wind scorpion, are not technically spiders but belong to an order of arachnids known for their speed and their large, forward-pointing chelicerae, or biting fangs. They live in tropical or subtropical dry areas of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Worldwide, there are about 900 known species of wind scorpions, and in North America there are 120. They were the subject of the urban legend going around about soldiers in Iraq being chased and eaten by large spiders.

Wind scorpions are so named because they seem to move "like the wind." They are also called solfugids, after their order. Other names for wind scorpions include camel spiders, sun scorpions, and sun spiders, because some species are active during the day. Most species of wind scorpion are actually nocturnal, but they are often attracted to light. They prey mainly on insects and other invertebrates, although some of the larger species occasionally eat small vertebrates, such as young lizards. Their unusually large chelicerae, or jaws, point forward and are used to crush and shred the prey. Wind scorpions are not venomous but they can bite humans and the wound may become infected. Wind scorpions range in length from 1 to 70 mm (0.25 to 2.75 in). The most common species in the United States are a few centimetres (up to 1.2 in) long. They inhabit the drier, warmer parts of the west (though one species can be found in Florida) and are harmless.

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4 August, 2013:
Hi! This spider was on my wall. I live on the eastern slope of the Sierra mountains, outside of Reno. You can see the standard-sized pen for scale. Thanks! Julie

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4 August, 2013:
Do you know what this is? I found it on my patio in coastal Central California?

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4 August, 2013:
These spiders are invading my yard, porch, and inside my home. They are huge, over an inch long with just the body, and there have been bigger ones. I have never seen one here before in all the years I have lived here. This year they are every where. Every person in my family have been being bitten by something in our home. Could you tell me do these spiders bite? Are they dangerous? And What are they? We live in the high plains of Colorado just south east of Colorado Springs. Thank you for any help you are able to give.

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4 August, 2013:
Dear Spider expert My husband saw what he thought was a mouse in the pantry, eating the cat's dinner, but he didn't have his glasses on. The next evening I saw it. NOT a mouse - thought it MAY be a huntsman spider, but I've never seen one that big. (All the catfood, maybe?). Looked on the internet and couldn't see anything that looked quite like it. Got a blurry picture, which I was later able to scale by putting a tape measure over the laundry whitener box. He - probably she? - is 6 inches long . Then we managed to catch it and put it outside. I don't like killing things, but I HATE spiders, so shall probably have nightmares about it for weeks, but I resisted the urge to squash it with a heavy blunt instrument. I think it must have come in through the washing machine drain hole and then got too big to get out. In the clearer picture it is is next to a 3 inch water pipe. (We live in Oman, by the way, in a wadi near the Hajar Mountains). Counting legs - or appendages, at any rate, being ten, I think it may be a camel spider - a fat one. Can you identify him/her? Kind regards Jill

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Reply: This is a camel spider - glen

13 April, 2013:
What kind if spider is this?

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Reply: Yes, it is a camel spider and they are found in the hotter drier areas of the USA - glen

13 April, 2013:
I believe this is a camel spider, but I was told they are not found in the US?

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Reply: This is a camel spider - glen

19 March, 2013:
Hi, I have been seeing these in my house recently, could you possibly identify it and give me information about it? Thanks for your time, alyssa

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Reply: This is a camel spider - glen

19 March, 2013:
I work at an elementary school in south Texas. We found 3 of these today... What are they?? Thank you, Clara

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Reply: This is a camel spider - glen

15 November, 2012:
Dear Glen, It's alway a great pleasure to find a curios specimen to run through your wisdom. This new critter wondered into our office (in Northern California) today. We all thought it was a spider due to it having 8 legs, but it was way too fast and big (its body being about 1 in long), and so it made our group of geeks very curious. It was quite difficult photograph but here is the best attempt. What is it? When it walked it raised its front legs looking even more menacing. Best regards, +Rodrigo

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22 July, 2012:
Glen I'd really appreciate your opinion on what this spider is, we find them in our shop at night and run at you with their front legs up in the air! Thanks -Krysta

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22 July, 2012:
Hi, Do you think this is a spider? Or maybe it is some sort of bug in an immature stage? It's about 1.25" long (25 mm), brown... runs real fast.. thanks SueK

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22 June, 2012:
No problem at all. Here's a photo of a camel-spider (i know, they're not exactly spiders, but still, quite cool!) taken here in Darfur, for your files. Cheers, pedro

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Reply: This is a camel spider - glen

24 May, 2012:
I was sitting in the garage and noticed this little guy walking out towards the front yard but not before I got a picture of him. Any idea what I am looking at and is it venomous? I ask because I have young children and would not want them to get hurt . I live in Sedona, AZ if that helps with i.d.ing this one. Thank you, Steven.

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Reply: This is a camel spider - glen

15 April, 2012:
an you help me identify this spider? I live in Southern California and found this large spider on my kitchen floor. Thanks! ~Dee

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20 November, 2011:
I just want to know what this thing is. It looks like a spider but it could be a scorpion I have no clue. Please help! :)
 

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20 May, 2011:
Glen, I found this one in East Mesa, AZ on the sidewalk in our neighborhood. He was about 2-3 inches long. I can't tell what it it, but I'm thinking Wolf spider. Can you help?? Mostly just curious. Thanks, Keith
 

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20 May, 2011:
Glen, here is a photo of a small camel spider/wind scorpion/sun spider/mata venados, or whatever you prefer. I get these around my property all the time in Yuma, AZ. I like to catch them just to show the kids that they won't hurt them. This is a 10 year old boy playing with this one. My family love to get out at night and observe all the strange species wandering about the desert. Love your site! Robert
 

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6 April, 2011:
Glen, Came across your website. Found this spider? on the floor of the room I was staying in while visiting Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa. It seems the closest I can find is that it resembles a baby camel spider. Thanks! Chrissie
 

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7 December, 2010:
Please could you help me indentify this spider which i came across while I was in Afghanistan. Ive searched everywhere for another image of this spider and cant find anything. Any help would be appreciated thanks
Shaun
British Army RAMC

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3 November, 2010:
Hello there, I found this first guy crawling across the floor and the ladies of the house made me kill him but not before I could get a photo. It's a Camel Spider. Feel free to use it as you see fit. I live in Manteca, CA. next to an undeveloped field.

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31 October, 2010:
Hello there. My wife was taking a nap this afternoon and I saw another Camel Spider. This time in my garage. She was not awake to flip out about it, so I took the time to take this photo, then put it out back in the bark. Feel free to use it as you see fit.

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Reply: This is a solfugid  - otherwise called a camel spider/wind scorpion - glen

10 October, 2010:
Here are some pics of a spider...we have had several in the house and they look BAD...I have included attached files of pics. The jaws seem to be more up and down rather than side to side, as I would expect in a spider. It has a series of black "spots" on its upper back part of body. 8 legs and 2 very long legs? or antenae? They come out just forward of the most forward 2 legs, looking like 2 more legs except quite a bit thicker and longer than any other "legs". The body is just under 1 inch long, pretty large. Thanks, and, please hurry, Kevin

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a solfugid too - otherwise called a camel spider/wind scorpion. Nice shots - glen

10 September, 2010:
Here are some pics of a spider...we have had several in the house and they look BAD...I have included attached files of pics. The jaws seem to be more up and down rather than side to side, as I would expect in a spider. It has a series of black "spots" on its upper back part of body. 8 legs and 2 very long legs? or antenae? They come out just forward of the most forward 2 legs, looking like 2 more legs except quite a bit thicker and longer than any other "legs". The body is just under 1 inch long, pretty large. Thanks, and, please hurry, Kevin

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is a solfugid - otherwise called a camel spider/wind scorpion - glen

31 July, 2010:
I've been looking for an identification for the spider in the attached pictures. We have no idea what it is and it scared my youngest daughter. She calls it the "Root of All Evil" spider. Fairly creepy looking, I must say. Although I didn't see it myself, except from the pictures she took, I'm told it was about an inch long (or so). It was good enough to pose for these pictures but it got excited and took off running when she blew on it. It was captured and taken outside where, I suppose, it was released. I learned about this after the fact. We are in California, USA, East and a bit North of Sacramento in the Sierra-Nevada foothills. Elevation is 1600 feet. If you have any information on this type of spider then we would appreciate you dropping us a note. Thanks George

Click for a larger view.

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31 July, 2010:
Glen, Found another one in my bathroom, managed to get a photo this time. Didn’t think to put anything down as a scale but from tip to tail I guess it was about 1.5” long. Appreciate it if you could give me a clue as my wife is apoplectic about it, and I walk to the loo in the dark in bare feet! Will I be famous for finding one in Europe? :o) Jon C.

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31 July, 2010:
Hi, This one crawled across my iPad screen this evening. It's about 1" to 1.5" I Can't ID it based on pics on your site. Any ideas? Thanks, Michael

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10 June, 2010:
Hello Glen, Please help me identify this spider, and tell me if it's dangerous. I apologize that I don't have a better picture. I took this with my cell phone. By the time I took this photo, the thing had walked on to the street. I had to get very close (inches away) to get a large enough image of it, and the thing was moving. Anyway, I've found two of these in my house in the last week. I also found a few a number of months ago. This one is as large as I have seen -- 2+ inches in extent -- though they've all been pretty good in size. Fast runners, the ones I've seen cross my carpeted living room. I guess this one is a male, judging by the two large forelimbs. The one I saw last Fri also had large forelimbs. But some I've seen I think must have been females. Only seen them in my house in the past year, although I've lived in my place for like 8 years. I've never seen one in a web. I live in Marina, CA (near Monterey), on the old Fort Ord, about a mile or two from the ocean, as the crow flies. The landscape nearby is sandy. Note the red on the fore of the head. Thanks, Steve, CA

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10 June, 2010:
Hi, I found some pictures of this same spider on your website. We have seen at least 10 of them in the last 2 weeks in and around our home in Las Vegas. Our pest control guy was just out a week ago but that didn’t seem to work. Any ideas? Thanks, Jeremy

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19 May, 2010:
found in my backyard yesterday, southern california... four fangs (moved up and down and side to side),.... HUGE pedipalps- back part of his body looked like a roly poly (sowbug )at fist- thought he was a woodlouse spider,. but NO,l this little bugger was over an inch long... not counting legs. Any ideas what it might be?!~?!?!?!?!?!?

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26 April, 2010:
Hey this spider is huge and nasty. I hope its just a southern house spider. I can’t get rid of the goosebumps now. Thanks,

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8 April, 2010:
We came acrossd this strange looking spider <?> near the town of McGregor, Western Cape, South Africa. It was about 5-6cm long, a bit more yellow than this picture suggests, and you could actually hear it walking on the bed linen – probably because of the hooks at the end of its legs? I have seen most local insects and spiders, but have never come across anything like this. Any idea what it is?

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Reply: This is a solfugid, also known as a camel spider, wind scorpion, sun spider and as I have just discovered a "Red Roman" - glen
31 January, 2010:
Hi, We recently went on holiday to Kosi Bay, Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. We found this creature in the house we were staying at, caught it in the glass and released it outside where it immediately dug a hole and hide. A few days later, we found this DADDY in the shower – he must have been about 12cm!! (not exaggerating) My question: is this a red roman?? I read your article – everything sounds like it must be, except they live in arid climates – Kosi Bay is located on the eastern side of SA (our desert is completely on the opposite western side of the continent – where the Red Roman is very common) – a more tropical, hot and very humid climate, though it is on the beach..?? Regards, Belinda

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28 August, 2009:
i was just wondering if anyone knew what kind of spider this was

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Comment from one of our viewers:
Hi, Was just reading through your website as a friend of mine works as a security consultant in Iraq and woke up today to one of these things chewing on his leg. You claim that they don’t eat flesh, but he has a 2 inch diameter, 1cm deep hole in his leg from this thing. He took the dead spider into the doctor with him so that it could be identified and him given the appropriate treatment. Definitely a camel spider… if it wasn’t feeding, what was it doing? Thanks Tammy
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18 August, 2009:
Glen Thaks for responding to my e-mail. I'm going to try and find out where I read about that spider. I'm sending you some good pictures of a soflguid which a guest found in the hotel where I work. Needless to say they were not very happy. It was found in a 4th floor room and it's amazing to me that it managed to get up that high in a building. Amon

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3 August, 2009:
Hi I am in Colorado and I found this spider (attached) in my kitchen this morning and I have looked everywhere and cannot find any info...PLEASE HELP! This is the 3rd one I have found in my house. Thank you, Amy

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4 May, 2009:
My wife found this spider around the house. We live in el paso, texas. It doesn't look native to me. Can you help me out? I'd really appreciate it PFC Salazar

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20 October, 2008:
Just saw this freaky thing in my garage. It was at least an inch long. I don't know if it's actually a spider. I'm in Reno Nevada. I was hoping you could help identify it.

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7 September, 2008:
Hi Glen Enjoyed the site, found you totally by mistake backtracking some links to my blog. But now I found you, I thought you might be interested in these: TAnd then a camel spider, which are quite common here. This was quite a small one, but you have to be sooo fast to catch ‘em on camera – this is the best shot I’ve managed so far! Hope they’re interesting – and wonder if you could confirm the huntsman guess?!! Cheers! Alexander

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3 July,  2008:
I found this spider on the floor next to my dog in our basement. We live in Denver, CO. I showed it to my sons and we are very curious to learn what we are looking at. Is this molting or perhaps laying an egg sac. Can you identify this species and tell us what is happening? The spider has pincers or fangs in the front and 2 tiny black eyes on top. Thank you!

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6 June, 2008:
Dear Sir, I thought you might be interested in these pictures of a wind scorpion. I found him in my kitchen. I live in the foothills of central California. He was about 2-2.5" and very aggressive. Carrie

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21 October, 2007:
Dear Sir, Our family are missionaries in Zambia. We have been here for 10 years. Recently, we moved to a new house outside of town. We have noticed within the last month, large spiders coming into our house only in the evenings. The local population refers to these spiders as "light spiders", and claim that they are poisonous. I have attached two photos of one that we caught tonight. It has a much larger abdomen than the others we have killed recently, so perhaps this specimen is a female. There are two pairs of pincers or fangs on the front and when it bites something venom is expelled. Your expertise would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, Andrew

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3 September, 2007:

Here are some pictures of spiders we've found in our Chandler, AZ home. The black widow is pretty obvious, but we thought the the wolf spider with eggs was pretty amazing, and we are pretty sure it's a sun spider with those long antennae legs and fangs! Hope they are interesting to you, and if we're mistaken on any please let us know! Thanks! Debbie

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28 April, 2007:
Hello, My name is Lung and i live in Los Angeles, California. I'd like to know if you can identify this spider? I happen to come across it in our bathroom. I notice that this type of spider doesn't spin a web to catch pray. I hope the pic. is clear enough..t hank you
Lung T.

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Reply: Yes I agree it looks like a wind scorpion/sun spider/camel spider - species -solifugids. It's a bit darker in colouring than the ones I've seen photos of though.
27 February, 2007:
Hi there I am a commercial diver working in Oman at the moment we are staying in Sohar while we work at the port building a quay wall , now the other night myself and my mates came back from work kicked back and relaxed on the porch and then saw this little beastie crossing our threshold en route to the inside of our house so we scooped it into a container for observation it was really aggressive tried to chew through the plastic and when it sensed movement near by it raised its abdomen like a scorpion can you please tell us exactly what kind of spider this is? it looks like a wind scorpion. thanks Robin Day

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14 January, 2007:
Glen,

This is a spider from South Africa . I was hoping you (or one of your visitors) would know what it is. It was quite aggressive and took no time devouring a Christmas beetle it caught. Look at those fangs!
Thanks
Gerrie

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27 July, 2006:
I happen to come across your website and find it very informative and interesting. I thought you might like to have this spider ( it's a solfugid) for your archaive. It's picture was taken by a friend station in Iraq and from my friend's account gave our soldiers quite a scare!

Kya

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27 July, 2006:
I attached this picture of a bug that looks like a camel spider. I caught this thing in my back yard in El paso, Tx. Was this bug always in El paso or could it had been brought here by are military forces that go back and forth from Iraq all the time? I was very suprise to see this thing that looked like and acted like a camel spider here in TX. I've seen them in Iraq all the time and feared them very much so. Sometimes in Iraq I couldn't sleep well knowing these things were crawling around and on us during the night. Can you help me figure this one out. Thanks C.W.

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14 July, 2006:
The second spider I found in my bath room although I don’t think that it is a spider you mite know what it is. Thanks so much… Dan Mahoney

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14 July, 2006:
Glen,
It's been a while since I've submitted anything, but came across this
guy in the Escondido foot hills a couple of weeks ago lookin for snakes.

The guys I was with couldn't identify it, but knew it by sight and said it can/will delivery a pretty nasty bite...

//Todd

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14 July, 2006:
Hi Glen. I have seen a couple of sunspiders running around my house. I live in Norco Ca. most of the people i have seen that have these live in the desert areas but i see that there all over thank for the info on your site.

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28 June, 2006:
Here are a couple of pictures of this spider we keep seeing in our house. it's really creepy! ICK! not sure which picture would be most helpful to you, so here's a bunch! Christine

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28 June, 2006:
I was wondering id someone could identify this bug. I am no spider expert but i believe that spiders are only supposed to have eight legs. This one has ten... or so it appears. Is it an impersonator or a real spider? Any info is appreciated. -Grant So Cal

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21 June, 2006:
Dear Glen, We live in Greece in the Peloponnese in Galatas. My wife Mo is frightened of this very quick insect. please can you tell me if it's poisonous and what it eats? The Greeks don't know what it is...is it Foreign? or have we to kill it because it's dangerous? I am disabled because of a stroke and it's hard to run down! Thanks a lot. Peter and Mo

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14 June, 2006:
Glen, We had found this spider by our front door in Henderson, NV. We were wondering if you knew what it was and if it was poisonous? Thanks

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4 June, 2006:
 

My cat found this thing in our house in Las Vegas yesterday. Any idea what this is?

Thanks!

Dan

Las Vegas, NV

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4 June, 2006:
I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider is in the attached picture. I'm in Djibouti, Africa, and came across this spider. Thanks Eric

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4 March, 2006:
Thought you might be interested in these pictures of a camelspider (or windscorpion) which my delightful young cat brought home to me a few nights ago. The creature was enormous with a leg span of c.14 cm and very aggressive. I battled it for around 10 minutes, armed with nothing but a broom and a can of ‘Raid’ before it eventually succumbed. I fished it out of the trash can the following day to take these photos, at which point it had been dead for almost 24 hours and had shrunk slightly in size. I know they are relatively harmless, however, I NEVER want to enounter another one!

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4 March, 2006:
Glen, Congratulations on an amazing web site. Attached little fellow is about 2cm in length and gave my wife a bit of a fright in our home in Cyprus. Are any of your visitors able to put a name to it?
Regards
Ken

 

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6 September, 2005:
If some one was looking for info on this spider if would be helpful to know they are call Sun spiders are also know as windspiders and windscorpions. The order name is spelled Solfugida or Solifugae sometimes which adds to the confusion. The most striking characters are the enormous, two-jointed jaws with the pincers hinged up and down. There is no poison associated with the mouthparts.Windscorpions prey consists of insects spiders, and some small vertebrates, such as lizards. The solpugids are aggressive hunters seizing their prey with their arms. They have no poison to help them capture food. I just thought you might like to have photos. I them in a much larger size if like, just let me know. I did have much time to look at your site after I found it. But like what I seen!

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Reply: It is a solfugid - otherwise known as a camel spider, wind scorpion or sun spider.  Click here for some info. Definitely NOT a wolf spider!! Click for a larger view

31 August, 2005:
found in yuma arizona august 2005 <<Wolf Spider_3.jpg>>

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14 July, 2005:
HI don’t know if a wind scorpion is technically a spider, but I thought these photos would interest you.

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Reply: It looks like a solfugid - otherwise known as a camel spider, wind scorpion or sun spider.  Click here for some info.

18 June, 2005:
Hi, Found this in my house (in Henderson, NV) last night. It's active and  fast. Can you identify it and offer some info.? Where does it live;  what does it eat; is it dangerous/poisonous? Thanks, Vic

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Reply: Yes it is a camel spider. Click here for some info.


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June, 2005:
I found this in my house. What do you think? It looks like a camel spider to me. I live in Northern California. Thanks, Bret : )

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Reply: This looks like a solfugid. Click here for some info.

2 June, 2005:
I found this spider in southwest Montana. Can you help me identify it?

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Reply: This is a camel spider. Click here for some facts about them. They are NOT deadly!!!

29 May, 2005:
Dear sir, In the Arabian gulf in the desert we have a strange spider we call it ( Bo Sabak) it's very fast and deadly, I wish you have a look at the attachment I add to this latter I wish to hear from you soon
Best regards
Yousif Adel

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Reply:  This is part of the solfugid family  - also called sun spider, wind scorpion, wind spider, camel spider. See below for a link

26 May, 2005:
Hi, I found this dead behind my dogs cage. I am worried about what kind of spider it is. I have never seen it before. I worry about my 2 dogs and my 10 month old. Can you help me. I live in El Paso , Texas. Attached is a picture of it. Hope its clear enough.  Thanks Haylie

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Reply:  This is part of the solfugid family  - also called sun spider, wind scorpion, wind spider, camel spider. http://entowww.tamu.edu/extension/youth/bug/bug168.html

18 May
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Hi found this in my garage. i live in valley center (northern san diego) and ive seen about 4 of them. it looks kinda like a small camel spider. any idea what this is?

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Reply:  This is part of the solfugid family  - also called sun spider, wind scorpion, wind spider, camel spider.
17 May
, 2005:
Hello,
My wife and I found this spider on our front porch and we were wondering what kind of spider it is could you please help us? We live in Surprise, Arizona if that helps?

Thank You,
Jon Whipple

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Reply: Certainly looks like a member of the solfugid family which includes camel spiders.
13 May, 2005:
Hello, I looked on your site for a way to submit a picture but didn't find anything, so I thought maybe the only way to make a submission is via email. The image is attached. This spider was found in a shipping box of electronic parts in Southern California in a package that had just been received from Taiwan. I don't think it is a local species of southern California, so it is mostly likely Taiwanese. Other people I have asked have suggested it is some form of Solifugae. Any help identifying it would be appreciated. Thanks. Preston Lewis

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Your unidentified "spider" on the "unidentified spiders 2004" page  is actually two Solifugids (common name wind scorpion, camel spider or sun scorpion/spider). It appears to be two Galeodes granti which are rather common in the areas that the American troops are right now. The Solifugid on the lower portion of the picture is holding on to the upper Solifugid's abdomen by its mandibles. They are relatively harmless arachnids (no venom) but they have a significant "bite". I have had one for about a year now and they are quite fascinating http://kinetikx.8m.com/inverts/Ggranti.html. They move very quickly, thus the common name "wind scorpion". Solifugids only live about a year and are very interesting to observe, especially when eating. I only wish that the soldiers in the picture weren't grabbing the animal by its leg with a pair of pliers- they are rather delicate even though they appear very ferocious. Some records say that they seek out shadows very actively (which makes sense due to their environment) and some accounts state that they will even follow the shadow of humans, thus some people think that they are being "chased" which is not the case at all. A very good resource for information is located here http://www.tarantulaspiders.com/pages/solifugid.htm
David Gennari
http://kinetikx.8m.com
10 April, 2004
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I've had at least 4 emails from people who have been sent this photo from the US troops in Iraq. They look like camel spiders and I've been  sent photos before from people who have found this spider in the Middle East. They certainly don't chew people's legs off as has been reported!!!

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Reply: This is a camel spider or solfugid. They are common in the drier areas.

25 December, 2004:
hi
i use vue print to open attch. i found this spider dead on the floor what is it .i hope you can open the attch. i live in Las Vegas can you help me??
thank you

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Reply: Looks like a camel spider, (other names -  wind scorpion, sun spider.)

13 September, 2004:
Glen, Do you have any idea what this is and whether it is dangerous? My wife found it inside our new house in Rocklin California. It is agressive and fast. Ugly and scary too! I have two toddlers, the 3 year old loves
to hunt for spiders. I'm concerned. Thanks
Mel Jones
Rocklin California

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Another Reply: Actually.... They are arachnids, but they aren't spiders. The technical name for them is "Solfugid", but they go by  "sunspider" or "windscorpion" ( the front two appendages aren't technically "legs", but "pedipalps", and are used for catching prey, not for locomotion. ) It is likely either stuffed or pregnant, like he said. These are not  dangerous, as they don't have venom, but they can give quite the bite with those jaws. Nathan Hepworth

Reply:  This spider is in the same family as the camel spider, but a bit smaller in size. Judging from my personal experience with Camel Spiders in Iraq, the ten legged creature in this picture is obviously a female (bolder in size), and had either eaten a big meal, or is pregnant (one of the two). They are not exactly in the family of arachnids, because they have ten legs, the front two used to assist in climbing slippery surfaces. They can go where a regular spider cannot.
13 August, 2004
Ok, I skimmed through your great spider site and didn’t see this spider. We found it at the end of our garage in Las Vegas, Nevada and we were wondering what kind of spider this may be. Of if it is a spider at all. Thanks! Cheers
Kurt

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