Pseudoscorpion rarely seen but is native

Josh Pennell Josh.pennell@thetelegram.com
Published on May 17, 2014
Everett Sacrey found this pseudoscorpion in a woodpile in St. Philip’s. —Submitted photo

When Everett Sacrey saw something he had never seen before come out of a woodpile in St. Philip’s, he was stung with wonder.

It’s very intriguing and it sparked my interest severely,” he says.

At  first, he thought it was a tick, but when he touched the small insect-like creature, he saw the claws come out. This was no ordinary beast. It looked remarkably like a scorpion.

Everett has a background in wildlife and biology.

“I’m always looking for stuff out of the ordinary with insects and bugs,” he says.

So he noticed pretty quickly it didn’t have that stinger tail of a scorpion. He took the bug to Agrifoods where he was informed he had found a pseudoscorpion.

Tom Chapman is an entomologist at MUN.

“It’s just another kind of arachnid. It’s not within the same Order as scorpions,” he says.

And they exist here naturally. It’s hard to say in what numbers they’re found here because they’re so small they aren’t seen much, he says. Chapman has seen just two in the last seven years.

“They’re tiny, rarely seen, and harmless to humans,” Chapman says.

But not to other insects. Those claws that Sacrey saw are for grabbing and tearing apart other insects. He may not have found a new species but Sacrey says he’s happy he found a new and exciting addition to his bug collection