Myth bashing: Are daddy longlegs spiders?
The answer is yes and no. It turns out that someone wasn’t very creative when naming little critters with long legs, and it can lead to a lot of confusion!The critters most commonly referred to as daddy longlegs are not spiders. They are Opiliones and also known as harvestmen. They are also arachnids, but are more closely related to scorpions than to spiders. A few characteristics differentiate Opiliones from spiders. For starters, Opiliones just have two eyes. They cannot produce silk and therefore cannot make webs. They also lack venom glands. Spiders usually have two distinct body segments, but Opiliones have a compact oval-shaped body. It looks like one segment but the cephalothorax and abdomen are fused together so that the joint … Continue Reading (2 minute read)