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Daddy Long Legs, AKA Harvestman

Every once in a while I score and find an amazing new (new for me) spider in the garden. While I have a hard time dealing with spiders in the house, when they are in the garden I regard them with admiration and curiosity...interesting how that is eh?

This Daddy Long Leg, also known as Harvestman (thank you Google Lens on my phone for helping me identify), are actually NOT spiders! Turns out that while all spiders are arachnids, all arachnids are not spiders. As describes, "unlike spiders, harvestmen do not spin silk and do not produce venom. If they lose a leg, they do not regrow it like other arachnids...It predates on smaller invertegrates which it catches using hooks on the ends of its legs." So yeah, it needs those legs for sure!

This one was chillin' out on our tree mallow, and I found another one nearby on the hollyhock. So nice to see lots of bugs and pollinators out there doing their thing and making the garden a better place...

"Bugs are not going to inherit the earth. They own it now. So we might as well make peace with the landlord." ~ Thomas Eisner


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