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By CarolG  
Harvestmen, also called Daddy Longlegs, are not spiders, but they are close relatives. Unlike spiders, which have two main body sections, Harvestmen only have one. It does have eight legs like a spider, but are much longer. The Harvestman also has a little knob on its head with two eyes.
Harvestmen do not have venom glands like spiders, but they do eat insects and other small creatures.
Female Harvestmen lay eggs in moist soil, often under rocks or logs. They have a small needle-like part, called an ovipositor, that sticks out from their bodies. Females use their ovipositors to inject eggs into the soil. The eggs survive through Winter and hatch in the Spring, when it is warm enough. Harvestmen grow very slowly. Only one batch of eggs is laid each year. Their lifespan is just one year, and die in the winter when the weather becomes too cold.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Harvestman Wildlife and nature

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
22 Jan 2013 5:43AM
You've captured the details brilliantly - I don't think I've ever seen a striped one! Smile

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JimV 11 6 3 Canada
22 Jan 2013 5:43AM
Extraordinary shots and wonderful information to go with ithem Carol, I've often seen Daddy Longlegs, but never realised they were so colourful, nor did I realise they looked so fearsome!Wink
Rgds., Jim
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 6:31AM
They look so delicate Carol a wonderful capture and good informative write up .
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
22 Jan 2013 6:33AM
An excellent write up to accompany these two superb photos Carol !! We also have daddy Long legs here and I have always considered them as spiders ! They multiply like mad but ours are more brown. Wish I had a decent camera then I could have posted a good image of one Smile
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
22 Jan 2013 6:40AM
Another brilliant and detailed capture with an informative and iteresting write up, thanks Carol.

22 Jan 2013 6:45AM
A brilliant capture, superb details Carol. What a long legs they have!!
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 7:16AM
2 excellent shots, The snow has nearly gone it's just ice we have to go careful with.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 8:04AM
brilliant detail carole belting comp and colour v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 8:30AM
you wonder how these guys survive ...
such delicate "limbs"
great images from you as always....
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
22 Jan 2013 8:52AM
This must be the 7 legged variety GrinGrin. Quite a fearsome looking beast in macro. Beautifully captured, Carol.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 8:59AM

Quote:This must be the 7 legged variety GrinGrin. Quite a fearsome looking beast in macro. Beautifully captured, Carol.


Oh dearSadSad................. He might be a contortionistGrinGrin (probably wrong spelling)
V2 is my fave, lovely capturesGrin
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 9:03AM
Excellent macro. Great shots.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
22 Jan 2013 9:17AM
Hadn't notice the "7" legs before Dave mentioned it! 2 wonderful images. V2 for me today. Guess they'll most certainly have died off here as we have 1ft of snow where it hasn't difted!

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
22 Jan 2013 9:24AM
Interesting to read your narrative about this insect, Carol: I have heard of it but never seen it, so your images are all the more instructive to as well as impressive.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 9:33AM
Fantastic images and write up Carol, my wife took a look at it and ran out the roomWinkWinkTongueTongueSmile
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
22 Jan 2013 9:42AM
Looks like he could spring up at you with legs like that
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 10:35AM
Fabulous photographs, fascinating commentary.
22 Jan 2013 10:35AM
the narrative always helps Carol so thanks for that and i love V1 fine close up work

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 10:37AM
Excellent image - especially like V1.
Learned a lot from your narrative Carol.
Didn't know Harvestmen and DaddyLong Legs are the same creature.
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 10:42AM
Nicely captured and very interesting Carol.

22 Jan 2013 11:07AM
Superb close ups Carol i always though they were spiders but there not, well you live and learn they look really scary up this close standing on those long legs.

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 11:23AM
What a beauty (for something with eight legs!)
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 11:36AM
Great duo, Carol.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
22 Jan 2013 12:10PM
Goodness, I've never seen one standing up so tall! Amazing images.
22 Jan 2013 12:10PM
How do u find him steady for a pose ? Tongue incredible images.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
22 Jan 2013 12:14PM
Two great captures Carol! I am not going to mention the knob on his head with two eye's.


22 Jan 2013 12:42PM
Hi Carol.
Two smashing shots! You have so many beautiful insects over there in Greece, we have decided to visit one of the greek islands for our next holiday abroad next year, probably Cos..cant wait Smile
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 12:43PM
Two superb shots and a good description too
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
22 Jan 2013 1:09PM
Wow! Look at those legs. Excellent.......Sandy
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
22 Jan 2013 1:19PM
great pose Carol

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 1:57PM
thank goodness they are not really the size shown in the picture Wink great capture Carol
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 2:09PM
9 10 10 England
22 Jan 2013 2:18PM
At my old house we used to have a couple of green woodpeckers visit and dig away in the grass looking for the eggs laid by the daddy longlegs; the starlings used to feast as well. Two excellent captures Carol.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
22 Jan 2013 2:42PM
Two wonderful and excellent capture,Carol,very well done,
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
22 Jan 2013 3:19PM
Nice legs! Wink Two brilliant close-ups of this fine looking specimen, Carol Smile
Trev Smile
suemason 12 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 3:21PM
Fabulous detail Carol. What a shot!
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
22 Jan 2013 3:37PM
Another stunner Carol, excellent work.
Tibetan 6 3 England
22 Jan 2013 3:40PM
We have one Carol, but this one looks quite small in comparison as ours has very very long legs, will see if I can find one for next week, nice couple of good detailed shots well done like both, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 4:27PM
Oh Dear! very impressive from where I am stting Carol
brave you I will stick to going into big cat cages...thank you very much...safer
Well done
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
22 Jan 2013 4:33PM
Beautiful capture Carol. Interesting info too.
22 Jan 2013 5:06PM
two excellent images Carol... both r equally good..

thx for ur comments on the upload of my son..

22 Jan 2013 6:16PM
Definitely V2 for me Carol, better comp and detail Smile
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
22 Jan 2013 6:20PM
Hi Carol.
Some interesting macro images on your pf.
Excellent shots today,
nice detail....

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 6:25PM
Evenin' Carol
Looks like a spider to meWink
Thanks for the enlightenmentSmile

Cold and foggy today -8C when I arrived at workSad

Improved a tad during the day

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2013 6:56PM
Love the closer crop of V1, Carol.

LexEquine 12 19 United States
22 Jan 2013 7:35PM
'Two Superb color Macro's' ~ Peter
22 Jan 2013 11:19PM
Excellent shots. Prefer the closer-up of V1.

22 Jan 2013 11:36PM
Two stunning macro shots Carol..Lin
23 Jan 2013 12:06AM
Top draw images carol
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
23 Jan 2013 5:27AM
A superb pose in V1

TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2013 9:44AM
High-quality macro work as usual, Carol.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
23 Jan 2013 2:02PM
Good grief...what a fascinating fella! The stuff of horror movies Grin Thanks for the info, Carol. Very very interesting.

BRILLIANT captures you've got of him.

Andrew Smile
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 11:46AM
Holly Molly! Great legs in this one! GrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
24 Jan 2013 6:15PM
Tremendously good macrowork Carol, not surprised to see you harvest so many votes for these. I see that big pussy the Tomcat is moaning about the weather again, plus ca change!Wink
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
24 Jan 2013 10:20PM
Marvellous picture.
"The Harvestman also has a little knob on its head with two eyes."
Very useful, too.
akhtarkhan 16 4 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2013 2:18PM
Amazing macro detail, awesome looking. Great capture, Carol.


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