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Opilione on Chrysanthemum

By Paul_Iddon  
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.

Tags: Nature Macro Flower Close-up and macro Chrysanthemum Arachnid Harvestman 5d mk2 Paul Iddon Opilione EF100mm fand28 macro Harvestmen

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
31 Jul 2013 6:38PM
You've caught this 'spider-like thingy' brilliantly! We can even see the bristles on its legs. They are amazing to see so close up! Smile

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31 Jul 2013 8:11PM
Spiders scare me to death, but you've made it look amazing!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 9:36PM
A wonderful portrait of this 'spider like thingy'!
31 Jul 2013 9:43PM
A superb spider macro portrait.
Alda 5 70 30 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 12:57PM
Excellent!!!! GrinGrin

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