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daddy longlegs

Description:

One of a few disparate arthropod families with this comical common name (not to be confused with cellar spiders [Pholcidae] and crane flies [Diptera]). Also known as harvestmen, these members of the order Opiliones < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiliones > are arachnids but not spiders. There is a myth that says that these daddy longlegs are "one of the most [venomous] 'spiders', but their fangs are too short to bite humans". They are in fact non-venomous. See http://spiders.ucr.edu/daddylonglegs.htm... and http://mentalfloss.com/article/59455/15-...

Habitat:

Observed in woods at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Kansas.

Notes:

Map marker is approximate only.

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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Spotted on Jul 11, 2014
Submitted on Mar 1, 2015

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