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Oh, what a tangled web we weave: Daddy-longlegs

October 24, 2011

Look closely, this is not just a photo of a pumpkin. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Enjoy the first of this spooky series: Learn all about spiders that may creep and crawl into your path this Halloween…

Nightmares? Don’t come running to this daddy. Most of you have seen this long-legged creature that is rumored to be the most poisonous in the world – if only its fangs were large enough to penetrate human skin: daddy-longlegs. As a child, their lengthy legs were intimidating and seemed to go on for miles. They popped up around logs and under rocks. Caution was encouraged as we were dealing with the most poisonous creature in the world. What if their mouth was large enough? Could we be bitten? WRONG! Daddy-longlegs do not even have venom glands, fangs or any other means of poisoning their victims. In fact, daddy-longlegs aren’t spiders at all. These Arachnids most commonly referred to as daddy-longlegs belong to the order Opiliones. They are also called harvestmen and opilionids. Daddy-longlegs have one body segment and only two eyes. They don’t produce silk, and are therefore only found in webs if they are being consumed by a spider. Some people say daddy knows best, but in this case, leave it to the experts. Daddy-longlegs are harmless.

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