My niece Casey found this darling creature in her room today. It has eight legs, plus the two large front appendages, so it is not an insect. It has three body parts, so it is not a spider. So what is it?
It is indeed a Solifugae, commonly known as a wind scorpion, sun spider, sun scorpion, or camel spider. It is not a scorpion or a spider. In fact, it has no venom, either in its bite or sting (it does not have a stinger.) It does have very sharp, powerful jaws, and can deliver a painful bite. They are also one of the fastest non-flying invertebrates, with some species running up to ten miles per hour. Knowing my niece, this one will probably wind up as a pet.