Insect Identification
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Pseudoscorpion - ( )

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/28/2014

Incredibly tiny Pseudoscorpions are harmless hitchhikers that usually go unnoticed.

Although they look like really small scorpions, Pseudoscorpions lack a tail or stinger. They have venom glands in their claws meant to kill tiny mites and springtails. They are so small, however, they pose no threat to humans and would require a magnifying glass in order to get a really good look at them and their prey.

Because they do not have wings, traveling long distances can be an ordeal. Their small size allows them to catch free rides on larger insects, like beetles and even flies, without notice.

Some species are blind, but even those with sight aren't able to see well. They use their claws like antennae, feeling and touching their surroundings to find their way around.

They do make their own silk , but not to spin webs or catch prey like a spider. Instead, they build cocoons in which they spend cold winters.

Pseudoscorpions can be found in a variety of places: between book pages, at the water's edge, in caves, woods, under rocks and maybe even in a house. If you happen to find one, leave it to its work of eliminating small pests from the area.

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Category: Pseudoscorpion
Common name: Pseudoscorpion
Scientific Name:  

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
     Order: Pseudoscorpioninda

Adult Size (Length): 3mm to 5mm (0.12in to 0.20in)

Identifying Colors: brown

Additional Descriptors: pincers, spider, tailless, venomous, harmless, wingless

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.