Everything About Daddy Longlegs

Daddy Longlegs

A picture of a Daddy Longlegs
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Daddy Longlegs, common name for any of a group of spiderlike arachnids, also called harvestmen or harvest spiders. Daddy longlegs resemble true spiders but have oval, segmented abdomens, only two eyes, and exceptionally long, slender legs. They feed on small insects, dead animals, or plant juices. They have very small mouthparts and do not bite humans. Daddy longlegs often congregate in large numbers in caves or other sheltered places. The name is also applied to crane flies.

Scientific classification: Daddy longlegs belong to the order Opiliones.

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