Eight Legged Freaks!

Commonly called the ‘daddy long legs,” this is called the Harvestman, a group of creatures belonging to the Arachnid class.  Although they resemble much like a spider, they are actually not for two reasons.  They do not spin webs (they have no spinnerets) and they do not carry venom.  Though they cannot bite, they release a chemical secretion that is considered distasteful to a lot of predators.  Their second legs are the longest because they are actually antennas used to detect vibrations in the ground of oncoming predators.  Harvestmen are commonly found in the woods and sometimes appear in people’s home, but are not considered dangerous.  The actual spider that is considered correctly a ‘daddy long legs” spider is the long bodied cellar spider, known to vibrate its web violently to make it difficult for predators to detect.  They are known to also have a slim abdomen and long slender legs.  Photos available at https://stevenanthony123456.smugmug.com/Animals/

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carolyn Page
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 06:32:29

    What a cutie he is!
    Daddy Long Legs loves our home. When I approach, sometimes, they will vibrate, as you say, quite violently… Poor little things; they really must believe this threatens me as they watch me walk away! It worked! 😉

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  2. geekkat
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 09:44:21

    I used to play with them when I was little. I always thought they were really cool 🙂

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  3. dornahainds
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 21:08:18

    Now these are some extraordinary pics. 😉

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  4. Springstart@life : Kamakhya
    Jul 29, 2016 @ 12:46:51

    so nice, beautiful !

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  5. slesser1013
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 04:27:13

    Daddy Long Legs always scared me, but I love these photos of them. So cute 🙂

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  6. Zeron+
    Sep 01, 2016 @ 06:23:27

    Amazing,this is what i have been looking for in wordpress,Can i use one of these in my blog?

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