These 9 Bugs Found In South Dakota Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

Fans of the creepy-crawly are in for a real treat with this article… but if you don’t like insects, you’re more likely to get shivers down your spine. We have nature aplenty here in the Mount Rushmore State, so you know we get plenty of bugs in South Dakota. Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re here to stay. Check out some of the more unsettling insects in South Dakota. They’ll have you watching your step!

Some of these insects in South Dakota are pretty creepy, huh? Did we miss any of your most feared South Dakota insects?

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Nature In South Dakota

June 03, 2022

What are some more creepy crawlies in South Dakota?

You’ve probably heard about the invasive Joro spider that’s expected to hit the East Coast in the warmer months over the next few years. Did you know that scientists say there’s a chance they could show up in South Dakota as well?

What are some good places to enjoy nature in South Dakota?

Glad to see all this talk of bugs and insects didn’t scare you off! Our state has a lot of beautiful places to explore. Remember to give all wildlife, even the ones you may find creepy, plenty of space and let them live their lives. We have so many natural wonders in South Dakota that are worth a visit. Custer State Park is home to several, including the gorgeous Cathedral Spires.

What is the difference between a bug, insect, and arachnid?

Insects have three body segments: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen, with six legs arranged in three pairs. Arachnids have eight legs arranged in four pairs and only have two body segments, a cephalothorax and abdomen. “Bug” is a colloquial term used to describe insects, but it actually has a scientific definition. True bugs eat using a needle-like straw called a proboscis: they suck juice from plants.