Camel Spiders – The Fake and Disturbing Spiders of Planet Earth


So some background information…

Solifugae is an order of animals in the class Arachnida known variously as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders, or solifuges. The order includes more than 1,000 described species in about 153 genera. Despite the common names, they are neither true scorpions (order Scorpiones) nor true spiders (order Araneae) – though they are more closely related to scorpions than to spiders.



So fake scorpion spiders… got it…


Imagine waking up to find a hairy-faced, fleet-footed monster on your doorstep—a creature that looks like a mashup of Shelob and Grendel, with jaws nearly one-third the size of its body. Jaws that have just sheared most of your nest-mates in half. This was the stuation for an unfortunate colony of ants that recently fell victim to a camel spider in Israel.


And thanks to the keen eyes of photographer Olga Chagina, we have video.

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That’s not creepy looking at all…


Nature is brutal and full of creepy crawlies.




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