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.
Found this beautiful giant house spider in my daughters bedroom, I adore these guys <3
AS: aw cute! looks very healthy :)
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macaroni-and-knees asked: How can you tell the difference between female and male rose hair tarantulas?
With tarantulas in general once they meet sexual maturity its very easy to tell the sexes apart, females are larger, lady spiders being heftier in general. All spiders have pedipalps but males have mating claspers at the end, male pedipalps have a very rounded end and they carry them differently, females wills sort of mime walk with them while males keep them more curled up, they also are usually smaller, more slender and have longer legs. Before they reach maturity however it’s nearly impossible to tell them apart, you can look for what is called a vent on the abdomen it’s between the book lung openings, chances are if a spiderling has that they are female as thats the genital opening. these things to look for work for pretty much every tarantula and true spider species, hope that helps!