Eeewww! That’s what comes to mind when I think of bugs and other creepy crawly insects. Living in the desert climate has introduced me to a whole new variety of bugs to be creeped out by like scorpions, cockroaches, water bugs, and camel spiders.
A camel spider is also known around our city as a scorpion spider. Freaked out yet? They are actually not a spider or a scorpion (they are solpugids and belong to class Arachnida). They come out at night and can run up to 10 mph making them even scarier to see. My hubby and I have had a few encounters with them and have already talked to our son about leaving them be because they can be vicious and it will hurt if they bite – check out how big their jaws are!!!
As scary as camel spiders are, my scariest encounter with a bug happened last month. I was picking up something my daughter dropped on the floor in our apartment when I saw my very first scorpion – yes, in my apartment!!! I started screaming like crazy and fell twice trying to get away while the thing charged at me. Lol! I had never seen one before and was so freaked out at the moment that once I got to the safety of a chair I had to question myself if I had really just seen a scorpion. If I had to pick a bug I am most scared of, these would definitely be at the top of my list. Why others have these as pets is something I will never understand…. tee, hee.
So what did I do next? I hopped on the computer to research what I saw, if they were poisonous, and how they enter a home, as well as how to get rid of them.
I was invited to read an article about the world’s scariest bugs on The Orkin Ecologist website. I learned about all kinds of bugs that are deadly as well as what they look like and where they are usually found in the world. Ever hear of a Goliath bird-eating spider?
The Orkin Ecologist is an awesome educational resource for science lovers and those just wanting to read interesting information about bugs. There are all kinds of topics and fun facts. I recently wrote another article about bugs inspired by information my little guy and I read while browsing the site. Did you know that insects may soon be a normal part of our diet?