Large (5 cm body length, and perhaps 1 cm body width), 10-legged "spider-like" arachnid with large "jaws"; found on the floor in the hallway inside my office building when I arrived there at 08:05 this morning. Must have come in at night, attracted by the lights.
Picture from our last camping trip when we visited Clear Lake State Park. It's a wonderful state park to bring the kids and a good time was had by all. I'm almost always the last to bed and most of the time my laying down for the night is delayed even more when I venture to the wash house to brush my teeth because of all the creatures attracted to the artificial light. Moths, spiders, and in the case of this observation a sun spider. I didn't show this picture to kids till after the trip was over, because most of them would've freaked out at the prospect of what was lying in wait in the bathrooms. All the same wicked cool thing to see.
Solifugae is an order of animals in the class Arachnida. They are known variously as camel spiders, wind scorpions, sun spiders or solifuges. The order includes more than 1,000 described species in about 153 genera. Much like a spider, the body of a Solifugid has two tagmata: an opisthosoma (abdomen) behind the prosoma (that is, in effect, a combined head and thorax). At the front end, the prosoma bears two chelicerae that, in most species, are...