The Daddy Longlegs: Creepy but Harmless
By DAVE TAFT
AUG. 11, 2017
The New York Times
Watching a daddy longlegs meet his end in a Brooklyn spider web was a recent reminder that these graceful, somewhat creepy creatures are not spiders at all.
The delicate arthropod set out to cross the lines of a web that had been laid out to snare a meal among the grasses in a field. He was not more than an inch or two into the trap when his long legs telegraphed his plans to the web’s resident.
A brownish spider tracked down the vibration and deftly delivered his lethal bite, the calling card of most true spiders. Though spiders and daddy longlegs (also known as harvestman spiders) are both arachnids, they are not closely related.
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