we found a very similar species in Azusa, CA on one of the SCABIES hunts
until they stood still i was very confused... they totally use those number II legs like a tailless whip scorpion... i got VERY excited for a second
oh yeah, a neat thing is that even though these are "big" arachnids (not mites, etc) they can eat vegetable matter and stuff! they are more like millipedes in that they are detritivore/scavengers more than hunters. i think they can hunt little things, too, though
Are those things of interest to bug-o-philes? I've lived in WV and MD my whole life and always seen them by the buh-jillions. It's never occurred to me that they would be considered fascinating by anybody. I'd paw through dozens in the barn looking for one black widow when i was a kid. I've seen them get quite big with a body about the size of a pea and maybe 4+" legspan. I've always wondered how something so wispy and light can take down big prey. They'll eat wolf spiders, crickets 2x their size, each other, etc...
Family Phalangidae; about 95% of the Opilionids you find in the U.S. belong to this family. I have never heard of a Phalangidae being any more of a predator than a simple scavenger. They are venomless and very fragile so I doubt their ability to take down a healthy spider.
Wow! We have DDLs in Southern California by the millions, and my brother said these things are way "huger"! Well, they DO grow everything bigger in Texas. I love harvestmen, they harvest all of the bugs around my porch light!
Aw! I am from Texas but I have family in California in the Los Angeles area!! LOL!
Really Terri I have seen these here in Los Angeles, they like my bath tub I find them there and put them outside. I put them in my hand they haven't bite me don't know if they do bite?