LOOK WHO I FOUND!!!

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  1. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    After years of searching, I found, The Camel Spider. Here in Northern California too! They live throughout the Great Basin including Montana. I spotted him when I was putting my dogs in their crate. He was outside. luckily. Bout' a # 8 hook.
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Those are pretty interesting critters . . . and quick, in any direction! Around here they kill a lot of spiders. They can give you a good pinch if they manage to chomp.
     
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    Man I hate spiders. Thanks for sharing though :)
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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  5. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Notice the single jungle cock eye on the abdomen?
     
  7. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Yup. Black and Orange.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    That is one ugly bug! Are you guys sure it is from this planet? :)
     
  9. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    There's been a lot of horror movies about 5 foot versions of these* Disgust*
     
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    Two summers ago I went to put on some old shoes that I had left in the garage. Something was in one, so I shook it, and out popped a camel spider. It was huge! Bigger than a pack of cigs
     
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    That thing is too pretty to cast.
     
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    We were moving some pallets in Afghanistan and we kept seeing these dust trails shooting through the moon dust and it was freaking us out. One guy finally caught one that was about the size of a hand, after that we would see a dust trail and it would send us all running... You can't outrun those things, they are crazy fast when they want to be.
     
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  13. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Crazy...
     
  14. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Another Camel Spider! The one I just seen ran faster,
    couldn't catch him though. There's more of these things than I think.
     
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    Never seen one and I hope I never do!
     
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    I haven't seen a camel spider this year, but a few Jerusalem Crickets have been around. This one was in my garage.
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  17. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I got one of these last summer.

    Yours looks like your new pet.
     
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    Quoted from google...

    Urban legends[edit]

    Solifugae are the subject of many urban legends and exaggerations about their size, speed, behaviour, appetite, and lethality. They are not especially large, the biggest having a leg span of about 12 cm (4.7 in).[2] They are fast on land compared to other invertebrates, with their top speed estimated to be 16 km/h (10 mph),[1] close to half as fast as the fastest human sprinter.[15] Members of this order of Arachnida apparently have no venom, with the possible exception of one species in India (Rhagodes nigrocinctus) as suggested in one study,[16] and do not spinwebs.
    Due to their bizarre appearance, many people are startled by or even afraid of them. This fear was sufficient to drive a family from their home when one was discovered in a soldier's house in Colchester, England, and caused the family to blame the solifugid for the death of their pet dog.[17] They are not venomous, although they are capable of inflicting a painful bite with their powerful jaws.[18]
     
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    The fastest sprinter is three times faster than me, so those things are still faster and they are scarier than say a bunny rabbit. So I say it still needs to be killed with fire.
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    I've also heard that in desert environments they may try to seek shelter in a person's shadow, which leads to rumors of the spider aggressively chasing people.
     
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