Hear the Sun Spider

Sun Spider (Solifugae)

Solifugae, or Sun Spiders, receive their name because they rely on sunlight to create their own food, much like photosynthesis in plants.  They energize during the day and spend most of their energy at night, as they are nocturnal.  Sun spiders are often mistaken for scorpions as first glance because of their similar colors and long legs, however scorpions have a venomous stinger and pincers, and sun spiders only have large, awkward jaws.  Their disproportionate jaws have the ability to inflict pain, but pose no venomous danger to humans.

Sun Spider Facts

  • Scientific Name: Solifugae
  • Size: 1 to 3 inches
  • Diet: Insects and Plants