A Wind Scorpion in Edinburg, Texas 1

This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 1 May 2010, was last revised on 5 September 2014. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 11:05(01).

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Sand Runner (Solifugae); Jenny, Edinburgh TX--043010Jenny wrote:

“I took a photograph of a very strange looking bug that looks like a spider, but it isn’t like any spider I’ve ever seen. I found it in my home, in Edinburg, Texas. Can you tell me what it might be?”

I wrote back that this is an arachnid, in the order Solifugae, and that it is similar to the specimen photographed by Sergio, in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on April 6. Except for the brief note on the observable difference between these two specimens, below, this post will not attempt to repeat the textual information provided in post linked to above. To read that text, click on the link.

This specimen is about  1 to 1.5 inches long. It differs from the specimen photographed by Sergio in that the femur of leg IV has what appears as a large tuft of pubescence that is not present in Sergio’s specimen.

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One comment on “A Wind Scorpion in Edinburg, Texas

  1. Reply Rafael Aguilera Dec 14,2013 3:33 am

    No tengo informacion aun sobre este especimen de insecto, gracias por subir esta imagen, en mi casa hemos eliminado varias tipos de arañas iguales, vivo en Jerecuaro, estado mexicano de Guanajuato 1930 metros sobre el nivel del mar (MSNM)con clima sub humedo 19 grados celsius promedio al año.

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