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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Daddy long legs can't even bite you, and they aren't really a spider at all.
To know them is to love them. http://www.arachnology.org/arachnology/pages/opilio_qanda.ht...
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2013 9:21 PM CST
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pardalinum
Jun 15, 2013 11:04 PM CST
Wow! A forum just for discussing daddy long legs! Interesting!
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goldfinch4
Jun 16, 2013 2:10 AM CST
Very interesting link Lynn.
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chalyse
Jul 1, 2013 9:51 PM CST
Yay daddy long legs!!! Hurray! Somehow my mother knew they did not bite, and taught her kids that they also ate aphids and other unwanted insects and spiders (true) many decades ago ... so I've always been a big fan and have to wrench the broom away from hubby when he lumps them in with the other less pleasing spiders. Go daddys!

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 1, 2013 11:14 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! I agree
Name: Pat
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Pat72
Jul 28, 2013 5:56 AM CST
I may be mistaken, but from what I have heard about Daddy Long Legs, they are one of, if not the most poisonous insect in the world---their mouth is just too small (too inject humans). I guess not so according to that link lol Smiling
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Jul 29, 2013 5:09 PM CST
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Name: Pat
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Pat72
Jul 29, 2013 5:52 PM CST
Definitely looks like one, but I rely on what I've seen around here, and it does appear as one. Very long legs and a tiny body, not sure if there is another spider that can be mistaken for them. Smiling
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Pat72
Jul 29, 2013 5:53 PM CST
And welcome to ATP, June Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Big Grin
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JuneOntario
Jul 30, 2013 5:08 AM CST
Thanks, Pat! I've lived on this side of the pond for many years (I grew up in England), but I still don't know the local names of all the critters. What my mother used to call a "Daddy Long Legs" had wings and looked like a giant mosquito! Hilarious!
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OldGardener
Jul 30, 2013 9:22 AM CST

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Welcome! Welcome to ATP, June! I think that is the problem with common names. I, too, was raised to call the "giant mosquito" things Daddy Long Legs and I was born in California (hmmm... maybe that is the issue??? Rolling on the floor laughing ). It wasn't until fairly recent that I learned that other people call those large spider-like guys by the same name. So, to me, a Daddy Long Legs is a harmless, flying critter that terrifies young children (at least they always frightened my kids until we explained that they were harmless - then, they were just "icky").

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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Jul 30, 2013 10:54 AM CST
Another name applied to the Daddy Long Legs is: Harvestman. I'm not sure where the Harvestman name comes from. Some names don't make any sense to me. Those little bugs that look like tiny armadillos and roll up into a ball when touched - known as wood-lice, sow-bugs, and pill-bugs - my mother used to call "cheesy-pigs". But I digress! I looked up the Daddy Long Legs in an Ontario Bug Guidebook, and it says they're not venomous, and nobody knows how the story that they are venomous got started.
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OldGardener
Jul 30, 2013 1:09 PM CST

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Ahhh, the old "roly-poly" - but I have not heard the term "cheesy-pigs". I will definitely have to remember that! nodding

I have to wonder if the venomous rumor began just due to their looks as they do look rather intimidating. I can say, though, this is the reason I have taken to using proper/Latin terms for plants when I can - I guess I'll have to do the same for insects when possible. Common names vary so much by region and by age group - a Daddy Long Legs in So California definitely is not the same as a Daddy Long Legs in the Great North.

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Name: Pat
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Pat72
Jul 30, 2013 4:58 PM CST
Yep, I remember them as roly-poly's too, lol Hilarious!

I'm not sure about the flying ones, but as stated in an earlier post, I've always heard that the Daddy Long Legs is one of the most poisonous spiders in the world, but their mouth is too small to affect humans. Only heard this stuff, never researched it. All I know is that my brother and I were quite mean to them when we were little, lol...but now I welcome them in my garden if they kill and eat insects that mess with my plants! Big Grin
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valleylynn
Jul 30, 2013 5:41 PM CST
We called the flying ones Mosquito Hawk, or Mosquito Lion. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikijunior:Bugs/Crane_Fly
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Bonehead
Jul 30, 2013 6:32 PM CST
To me, they are potato bugs and crane flies. Daddy Long Legs are the long legged (duh) spiderish bugs that really aren't spiders, harmless.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 30, 2013 7:41 PM CST
I agree
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OldGardener
Jul 30, 2013 8:14 PM CST

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Bonehead said:To me, they are potato bugs and crane flies .


This must be a regional thing but here, potato bugs (aka earth babies) are Jerusalem Crickets although it is worth noting that the Jerusalem Cricket is neither from Jerusalem nor is it a cricket!
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