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Daddy Long-legs Spider
Daddy Long-Legs Spider - All Legs
When I was a kid, it seem like there were Daddy Long-Legs Spiders everywhere. We lived on 8 acres and had two small sheds for our goat and pigs, chicken coop, and a house my Dad built. You could see these spiders in just about every corner of every building. Dad always told me they would not hurt you and he did not want us kids to kill them as he said they caught flies and other unwanted insects.
When I was about 10, I went to stay with a friend at a cabin in Big Bear, CA. I remember waking up one early morning with something in my hand. It was a Daddy Long-Legs Spider. I jumped, screamed (as young girls do) and move fasted. Needless to say, we had to strip the bed and sweep the area before I would go to bed that night!
Today, I usually do as my Dad taught, I leave them alone unless they are in my way. Oh yes, they do make good fly catchers. I hope children will learn to respect these spiders, not fear, but enjoy God's creatures.
Pholcid spiders are araneomorph spiders which kill and digest their prey using venom. However there is no scientific basis for the urban myth that daddy-long-legs are the most venomous, poisonous or toxic spiders in the world.
Daddy Long Legs Myths
Posted July 2010
Is it true that the Daddy long-legs Spider is the most venomous spider in the world but its fangs are too small to pierce our skin?
Arachnophobia - Fear of Spiders
Arachnophobia is the scientific name for the fear of spiders. It is the most common example of an animal-based phobia and many people experience it mildly. For some people it has very intense effects. Different people suffer to different degrees and to those who do not suffer them phobias seem irrational, the afflicted person reacts intensely to the merest sign of the phobia causing animal. It is often difficult, if not impossible, for those of us not suffering to make any sense of what they are experiencing. Fear of Spiders
The family of the Pholcidae normally inhabits warmer regions but Pholcus phalangioides is cosmopolitan finding shelter in the warmth of our houses. Most of the time Pholcus can be found hanging upside down in a loose web in the corner of the ceiling. Its strategy is to remain motionless until a prey passes. And its prey is not what you would expect. It eats mostly other spiders. One of the spiders it eats is the much larger house-spider of the genus Tegenaria , the large hairy funnel-web spider that is one of the main causes of 'arachnophobia', the fear of spiders. Daddy Long-Legs
Peg Leg Joe
A poem by me
Peg Leg Joe
As the story goes, it was a bright spring day.
And out popped Spider Joe.
Seven good legs, Joe, has he.
But one leg is missing at the knee.
If you ask Spider Joe, what happened to his leg.
He will squint his one-patched eye and say,
"I had a mishap long, long, ago.
It's all because I tried to grab too many flies, you know?"
Old Spider Joe is a hero of sorts.
He lives in the church at the corner of Window and Wall.
The music is sweet, the children very nice.
During Spring-Summer, oh how the flies do entice.
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out
A Link To The Spiders
REMARKS: Daddy-long-leg spider are many times confused with "Daddy-long- legs" which are Opiliones (Harvestmen).
Harvestmen are arachnids (8-legged arthropods) but NOT spiders. Spiders have two body parts (fused head-thorax and abdomen), two fangs, and produce silk. Harvestmen do not produce silk, have no fangs, and have one body part, not two as in spiders, nor three as in insects. Spiders have waist, Harvestmen do not. For more info on Harvestmen:
- Spiders - Scientific Page
Here you will see the parts of a spider. Did you know that the Daddy Long Legs Spider is also called the Vibrating Spider. It got this name because it is know, when threatened, to start gyrating its body until it becomes a blur. Shaking so fast, it
- Explorit Science Center
Spiders are classified into a special group called the Araneae that separates the spiders from the ticks, mites, and scorpions. A distinguishing characteristic of spiders (Araneae) is that they have a very slender waist or pedicel separating the ceph
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Little Daddy Longlegs
Little Daddy Longlegs played in the sun,
Climbing up the front steps just for fun.
One leg, two legs, three legs, four--
Eight legs cater he was at my door.
He sat on the mat looking up at me,
So I opened the door very carefully.
"Hello, Daddy Longlegs," I said with a smile;
Then I brought him inside to stay ...
Author: Ghigna Charles
Daddy Long Legs
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