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Daddy Long-legs Spider

Updated on January 27, 2015

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

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.

Credit: spiderzrule

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?

University of Riverside on Daddys

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.

continue Peg Leg Joe

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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiliones



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Heloise's household hints help solve cleaning, cooking, and other home problems.

Removing Daddy Longlegs

Louise Bourgeois' Metal Spider

Louise Bourgeois' Metal Spider
Louise Bourgeois' Metal Spider

Louise Bourgeois' Work

Posted March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Display (Venice) on "Crouch Spider" Bourgeois' Work

More on the Spider: Louise Bourgeois Retrospective at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Daddy Longlegs

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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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Like you I grew up in an area where daddy longleg spiders were common. I really don't mind the daddy long leg spiders at all as they are not too spooky looking. Now that I am older though I live in the south where we have the poisonous brown recluse (also known as the hobo spider) and the wolf spider which are absolutely huge. Now these spiders scare the heck out of me!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Although not fond of spiders that get too close to my personal space, I find them fascinating and beautiful. Daddy Long Legs (not the spider) is a funny creature to watch and herd around.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Incredible how such a little spider can invoke such alarming reactions in people.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Hey, if it can't drag you into the woods and drain your bodily fluids, have no fear there squiddly. Great lens.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I've always been quite creeped out by these critters... great lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      It is amazing how a person can be so afraid of such a tiny little creature...and I am indeed.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i was just doing some personal housekeeping and chanced across some of these fellas! cheers

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've always loved daddy long legs and used to often put my hand out and let him tickle as he walked along. What a fun subject for a lens.

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      We have daddy long legs all over our house! I have a phobia of killing spiders in the house. I think it is an family thing.

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Daddy long legs are cool spiders...the only time I kill a spider is if a poisonous one gets inside...otherwise I leave them be...they do us a great service by getting rid of flies & such! :)

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Daddy long legs are cool spiders...the only time I kill a spider is if a poisonous one gets inside...otherwise I leave them be...they do us a great service by getting rid of flies & such! :)

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never minded the long legged spiders but, as a child, I hated what we in the UK call a daddy longlegs AKA a crane fly. This looks a bit like a long legged spider but it has wings and always seemed to want to fly at me when I was young. It terrified me. I've got over the terror but still don't like them. I never kill spiders of any kind.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I loved these things when I was a kid! They are still cool

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      Deborah Swain 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Growing up in the UK I used to see daddy long-legs spiders all the time too, but here in Rome, Italy I honestly haven't seen one for years! I DID see some giant sculptural spiders by the late great artist Louise Bourgeois at the Tate Gallery in London some years ago though!

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      @norma-holt: Just wanted to be sure that I thanked you for the nice Squid Angel blessing and lens featured. I am going over to check out your lenses and pay my complements.

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      @norma-holt: Just wanted to come by and say thank you for the blessing, Squid Angel. I will leave here and go over and look and Sprinkled with Stardust and Save Planet Earth. Thanks again.

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      cheerfulmadness 6 years ago

      Charming lens :)

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      Barbara Isbill 6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      I am not a spider fan, bit I am one of yours! Interesting lens. thumbs up and favored!

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      missbat 6 years ago

      I'm not entirely afraid of spiders; as long as they keep their distance! I love watching daddy long legs in the yard.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Spiders are fascinating. Thanks for this lens.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Like you my parents taught us to leave them alone but now I gather them on the long fluffy duster and put them outside, mainly because their webs are unsightly. We have huntsmen, a big spider that invades and just sits around staring at everything. We were also taught they are good house spiders. One day I moved a curtain that had taken on a rather funny look and some hundreds of baby spiders ran up my arms into my face and hair (quicker than the speed of light) and were all over the lounge and carpet before I could brush them off outside. Since then huntsmen are out as well. Lovely lens *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Save Planet Earth

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      Spiders are the worst thing ever! I suffer Arachnophobia and there is no way I'm going to be convinced that they are good. Killing a few flies here or there don't earn them credit in my eyes! They deserve to die and they all bite. Squeeze one by the mouth and you will see! Arrrggghhhh..I'm gonna freak out here...it's gross to see them on t shirts.

      If the daddy long legs you're speaking about is the same I have in mind then those are the only kind I'll welcome into my home. They are so fragile, easily killed and no bother. As for the rest they look too fierce.

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      dc64 lm 7 years ago

      Before I got my ceiling up in my house, those creatures were everywhere. I don't like spiders, friendly or not, and my son would carry them outside when he found them. Not a day has gone by when I haven't seen one. Of course, of all spiders, I would rather have them than any others.

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      JonathanPowell 7 years ago

      If you need to catch one of these critters without harming it, check out http://www.squidoo.com/bugbuster

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We used to play with Daddy Long Legs and I always heard that they only lived for one day. Great lens. Thanks for the lensroll and comments on my Writing Spider lens and I am lensrolling, too.

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      A funny thing--I always thought they were called "Dandy-Long-Legs". Too funny. Learned something new, all thanks to you. ;D

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      When I lived in Mexico, the daddy=long=legs used to huddle together in huge clumps making spider balls. It was creepy. If you hit it, hundreds of spiders exploded all over the place. I haven't missed those now that I'm in Montana!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      that spider sculpture is very cool. my brother's cb handle was daddy long legs. today would have been his 41st birthday. thanks for the reminder. :)

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      [in reply to rms] Thank you. It is nice to hear from a Super Giant, Angel and Citizen. I know I have a lot to learn and it is nice to know I can do so from folks like yourself. Thanks again.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations NEW Giant!

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      [in reply to rhardi] Hi Robin, Boy, that's a tough one. I do have a pretty good dentist and he is, for the most part, pain free. But, even at that, I rather be entertained by a spider - it's free, which is more than I can say about my dentist, ha, ha. Thanks for stopping by.

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      rhardi 8 years ago

      Wow there is nothing anyone could say to make me like spiders. I would rather have a tooth pulled than mess with one. LOL ;)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for visiting my Spider Fighting lens. I will lensroll this into it. We have a metal spider just like that one by our local museum. Great lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      We live in the woods and have many Daddy Long Legs spiders...mostly outside though. It's something you learn to live with. They don't bother me...it's the smaller, furry spiders that are rather creepy!

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      [in reply to papawu] Your cute. I didn't mean I was "buds" with spiders. I really do like people more. But it is interesting how many people believe they are poisonous to humans. It has been fun...thanks for visiting. And, now I must go over to your Squidoo pad and she what new lenses you have.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Although I have nothing personal against insects of any kind, it doesn't mean I have to habg out with them. I definitely wouldn't miss having a spider hanging around all the time. I'm not really scared of them though. After all, I'm like 5'10'' and they are like 1'0'' minus 11 1/2 inches. I'm pretty sure I could take 'em down.