Opiliones are known better as harvestmen - those spider-like thingies which are not spiders at all. The body of a harvestman is so characteristic that they are easy to recognize. They go by many names: daddy long-legs, harvestmen, shepherd spiders, and harvest spiders. These eight-legged arachnids are commonly misidentified as spiders, they actually belong to their own, separate group – the order Opiliones.
They are awkward to photograph mainly due to their legs being incredibly long - as much as 2 inches each one, which means to fit one into the viewfinder in its entirety leads to poorer composition - hence I tend to get in closer and concentrate on the best bit - the body and those 2 little eyes and it's mouth parts!
Anyway, here is one such harvestman, posing quite nicely for me on a chrysanthemum flower. Enjoy.
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D MkII |
|Lens:||EF100mm F/2.8 Macro USM |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||31 Jul 2013 - 4:42 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/2.8|
|Title:||Opilione on Chrysanthemum|
|Uploaded:||31 Jul 2013 - 6:31 PM|
|Tags:||5d mk2, Arachnid, Chrysanthemum, Close-up / macro, EF100mm f/2.8 macro, Flower, Harvestman, Harvestmen, Macro, Nature, Opilione, Paul Iddon|
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