Known by many names in Arizona, including wind scorpion, camel spider and solpugid, the sun spider inhabits deserts across the country. Sun spiders belong to the order Solifugae. Commonly mistaken for spiders because of their appearance, Sun spiders closely related to scorpions. Despite its fearsome facial expression, not as spiders not serious people.
The color of the sun spiders in Arizona ranges from golden yellow to light brown. Sun spiders have eight legs, along with a pair of specialized appendages known as pedipalps. The pedipalps help catch the sun spider food because of their stickiness after Jeff Schalau, Associate Agent Agricultural & Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. Sun spiders are equipped with a large pair of chelicerae or fangs. Although the teeth look formidable, they lack venom sacks. Unlike real spiders, sun spiders only have two eyes and a segmented abdomen. Said body includes bristle-like hair.
A man is approaching tentatively what he hopes is a receptive female. He dances and gently taps the female. Once the male may take the female, he turns it over to quickly deposit his sperm. Men are a meal for the female sometimes. Once completed, the male mating, the female stores the sperm fertilize her eggs in her spare time. Females build underground burrows to lay their eggs.
Sun spiders have phenomenal speed when hunting prey, hence the nickname “wind scorpion.” Sun spiders consume insects, spiders and scorpions. They even catch small lizards, according to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Sun spiders hunt by touch to find their prey pedipalps. Once prey is caught, the sun spider digests the internal juices his catch.
Sun spiders bite if they feel threatened. However, very rarely a sun spider attack is slightly larger than themselves. A Sun spider bite usually does not break human skin. Sun spider bites can cause infections, but they are introduced as a rule by bacteria in the wound.