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CLOSED: Weird TINY bug with pincers like a lobster or scorpion

Olympia, WA

What the heck is this? This is the second one I've found. One was in the house on my son's water cup he had sitting on his window sill and this one was crawling around on a tent cover we have on our deck. It is very tiny (the photo is an extreme close up) and it has two claws on the front. I'm a little creeped out, it looks mean. Any help identifying it would be great!

Thanks,
Melissa :o)

PS. We live in Western WA and I found both of them when the weather was warm.

This message was edited May 24, 2008 8:03 PM

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(Louise) Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

Looks like a pseudoscorpion. Take a look at this... http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2062.html

Olympia, WA

I think you are right! Thank you so much! I'm glad to read they aren't dangerous, they sure look it. :o)

(Louise) Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

yep, it looks really scarey though. Apparently only dangerous to tiny bugs.

Millwood, WA(Zone 5b)

I'm in eastern WA and just saw my first one today too, crawling in the windowsill near my desk. I was perplexed so I googled to this page, and sure enough it's the same critter. Your picture does make him look much larger that the wee little bug he is (this one is about tick size anyway). Maybe I'm weird but I think he's kinda cute! It's so bizarre to see those lobster-like pinchers on such a little bug. Perhaps there is a population burst of them in WA this year. Interesting!

Overland Park, KS

I'm from Missouri, and I just found one of these little buggers here! It was in my bed crawling on my daughter. My wife spotted it and was a bit freaked out. It is a tiny little thing. Not much bigger than the head of a ball point pin. I found another link, but it was talking about something not bigger than a half inch; that makes me wonder if this is just a baby and there are more where it came from. Any comment on that?

(Zone 7a)

Pseudoscorpions are very small and yours was probably feeding on house dust mites. I wouldn't worry about being overrun by them. They aren't harmful to humans.

Minot, ND

Also, there are many species of pseudoscorpions of varying sizes -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoscorpion

Liberal, KS

Just found one of these little guys in my house, in plains, kansas

Clayton, NY

Yup so I've found several in my bedroom in northern NY so I was rather pleased to find out they're not going to do something terrible to me...

Lambs Grove, IA

I just found one in central IA. Glad I found this post - I can quit freaking out!

Thank goodness for Google, huh?! I just found one of these in my bedroom (southeastern CT) and just about freaked out. It still creeps me out but at least now I know what it is...

(Zone 7a)

Make you wonder what planet they came from.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I try to be very openminded on insects but I am still happy to see the closest report being couple hundred miles away!!

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