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Kentucky Color - Daddy Longlegs; or Harvestmen

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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Daddy Longlegs or Harvestmen, as they are refered to in many circles, are not venomous and although they are an Arachnida, they are not a spider.


There are nearly 7000 different species of Daddy Longlegs with the males usually being smaller and a little brighter than the females. Since the eggs are laid by the female in late fall, I can only assume that these two lovebirds are locked in an amorous embrace. Most sources indicate that the male's two front legs serve as his manhood, so to speak, during their romantic interludes and it seems as if he has his hands all over her to the best of my close-up observations. The male in most species only lives one year and the female can live up to three years in areas with more moderate temperatures . As an aside, I never cease to be amazed by the spectacle of nature.


This story was posted on 2013-10-20 04:27:38
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Kentucky Color: Daddy Longlegs; or Harvestman



2013-10-20 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Daddy Longlegs or Harvestmen,
as they are refered to in many circles, are not venomous and although they are an Arachnida, they are not a spider. - Billy Joe Fudge

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