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Acid-spraying scorpion-like insects have been spotted in Texas

They look like a mix between a scorpion and a spider, spray acid for protection, and eat cockroaches for dinner – and now they’ve been spotted in Texas.

A vinegar, an arachnid also known as the whip scorpion and even called a “land lobster,” was found last week in Big Bend National Park around the Chiso Basin campsite. The park shared a photo of the creature on social media, much to the horror of its followers.

According to park officials, the summer rains cause vinegars to come out of their burrows. The creatures, which are about three inches long, emerge this time of year in search of “food and love.”

They are “relatively benign unless you bore them,” the park said.

Summer rains bring vinegars out of their burrows in search of food and love. The vinegars are about 3 inches long and …

Posted by Big Bend National Park on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Insects are able to pinch, as well as project a “well-directed” spray composed of 85% acetic acid, or vinegar, from the base of their “whip”. Both are forms of protection, but spraying them is not considered toxic to humans.

The ability to draw vinegar from its tail gave the insect its name. And the species found in Texas is black in color.

Vinegars are nocturnal, have poor eyesight, and are most often found in the desert. They typically hunt centipedes, scorpions, crickets, cockroaches and other invertebrates using their slender front legs to detect vibrations.

Females can sometimes be identified by newborns carried on the back, such as scorpions.

“If you’re lucky enough to see one, watch carefully,” park officials said.


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