Eight Legged Freaks!

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Commonly called the ‘daddy long legs,” this is called the Harvestman, a group of creatures belonging to the Arachnid class.  Although they resemble much like a spider, they are actually not for two reasons.  They do not spin webs (they have no spinnerets) and they do not carry venom.  Though they cannot bite, they release a chemical secretion that is considered distasteful to a lot of predators.  Their second legs are the longest because they are actually antennas used to detect vibrations in the ground of oncoming predators.  Harvestmen are commonly found in the woods and sometimes appear in people’s home, but are not considered dangerous.  The actual spider that is considered correctly a ‘daddy long legs” spider is the long bodied cellar spider, known to vibrate its web violently to make it difficult for predators to detect.  They are known to also have a slim abdomen and long slender legs…

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