The name Solifugae derives from Latin, and means "those that flee from the sun". The order is also known by the names Solpugida, Solpugides, Solpugae, Galeodea and Mycetophorae. Their common names include camel spider, wind scorpion, jerrymunglum, sun scorpion and sun spider. In southern Africa they are known by a host of names including red romans, haarskeerders("hair cutters") andbaardskeerders ("beard cutters"), the latter two relating to the belief they use their formidable jaws to clip hair from humans and animals to line their subterranean nests.
Bite from a Solifugae:
Reports of camel spiders chasing people, are simply a result of their seeking shade from the
sun—as the person moves to avoid the camel spider, it follows them in an effort to stay in the
shade thus giving the impression of being chased. Tales of their ferocity and gargantuan sizes
are greatly exaggerated. They do not attack or prey on large mammals, and they feed on a
variety of other invertebrates. Situational awareness and avoidance are the keys to avoiding