nutsnacks asked: I'm from Michigan and am now totally confused about daddy long legs! Why aren't they spiders? And maybe this is some sort of urban myth but it is said the daddy long legs are extremely poisonous but the fangs are too fragile to break human skin... :0
The daddy-long legs with ONE body segment is NOT a spider it’s a member of the Opiliones family. Part of what makes an arachnid (spiders and scorpions, etc) is that it has TWO body segments, a cepholothorax (head) and abdomen (butt). So the daddy-long legs with TWO body segments is a spider. These are sometimes referred to as cellar spiders. And it is a classic urban legend that the daddy-long legs is the most deadly but can’t pierce the skin, they are completely harmless to humans or anything larger than small insects :)
Anonymous asked: Sl i saw the post about the harvestman arachnid vs an actual spider. So does that mean that, because they only have one body section, Daddy Long Legs are not spiders? (Im in Massachusetts by the way in case you don't know what a Daddy Long Legs is)
i do indeed know what a daddy- long legs is, but some people use that name for harvestmens (eastern US) and some people (like myself) call “cellar spiders” daddy-long legs. This is more common in areas that don’t have harvestmens (most of western US). So what you are referring to as a”Daddy-long legs” are actually harvestmens and yes they are not spiders they are Opiliones. But Cellar spiders (terms commonly used in eastern US) are Daddy-long legs which are spiders. Just to be clear here are some pictures :)
this is a daddy-long legs/ cellar spider (note the two body sections)
and this one is a harvestmen or for the east coast people a daddy-long legs. (note the single body segment)
i hope this is clear and understandable haha :) in areas that have both it’s not uncommon for people to use the term daddy-long legs for both of them which can be very confusing.