Sep 182007
 

My wife and I have encountered three of these in our house in as many years. At a quick glance, it sort of resembles a scorpion of some sort. After further study though, I started thinking they were some type of spider. It wasn’t until this past weekend, that I took the time to get out my macro lens and spend some time taking some photos of it. There looks to be eight legs, however the longer legs look like they are being used as antennae.

Up until today, I still did not know what this creature was. I contacted someone at the Nogales port of entry who works for APHIS today. He was quick to identify this animal as a tailless whipscorpion. While I was taking photos of this, I swore that it looked just like that spidery creature in the 2nd or 3rd Harry Potter movie. Guess what? It is the same creature!!

Click the thumbnails below to see larger versions.

Tailless whipscorpion Photo #1

Tailless whipscorpion - Photo #2

Tailless whipscorpion - Photo #3

Tailless whipscorpion - Photo #4

Tailless whipscorpion - Photo #5

Tailless whipscorpion - Close up photo

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