'Bee-ant' is the name my son gave these creatures when he was little. The name stuck. Another name I've googled is 'sand puppy'.
This one I only took a picture of. A couple of weeks ago, I brought one home in my empty dog poop bag.
Well it did get out overnight. I searched everywhere in the vicinity for it. My husband was right. He found it the next evening right where he would have stepped on it getting out of bed.
That hearty bug crawled more than ten yards away! It was quite exciting!
We let it go in our yard in a place where I found another one a few summers ago.
I guess I love bee-ants. I love God's creatures.