Not a spider

July 5, 2010 | By | Reply More

I spotted this “daddy longlegs” this weekend, and switched my camera to its macro setting for this photo (click the photo for a much expanded and detailed version):

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I looked it up today on Wikipedia and found out, to my surprise, that this animal is not technically a spider (even though it is an arachnid).  Rather than a “spider” daddy longlegs are “harvestmen,” belonging to the order Opiliones (spiders belong to the order “aranea.”

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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