Ant identification: June 2013 Archives



Hi,

I'm sorry if it's bad form to send pictures of dead creatures, but this particular one was acting belligerently in my bed, forcing my hand. I think I crushed its thorax in the act.

I encountered this insect while living in the central part northern Namibia, maybe 10km south of the Angolan border. I have no idea what it is. I've always wanted to learn more about it, and when I discovered this blog I thought it might be a place where I could get some guidance.

Can you identify this? Is it even an ant?

Thanks a lot,

Brent

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Brent,

No worries on bad form. Your inkling that this is not an ant was correct! This is a Solifugid, more commonly known as a sun spider, wind scorpion, or camel spider. Although it is an arachnid along with scorpions and spiders, most species of Solifugids do not have venom, and are not much danger to humans. The only thing you might want to watch out for is their powerful jaws, which they use to hunt ground-dwelling arthropods and other small animals.

Hope this helps!

Best,

Max Winston & the Ant Ask Team

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