- Aug 16, 2002
MizM-Originally posted by MizM
"Daddy Long Legs" are not even arachnids anyway. They are "huntsmen". And the story that they are venomous is another urban legend. If in doubt, talk to your local college entymology department.
I'm thinking you meant to say "not even spiders". They are arachnids, and "harvestmen" is the correct common name for the group (order Opiliones).
It's true they're not venomous. I learned this lesson the hard way when I brought this issue up at a cookout during the first ATS conference in 1999. I asked if was true that they had "deadly" venom but lacked big enough fangs to deliver it. I was nearly laughed out of the place by R.G. Breene (AKA Spiderbob) and G.B.Edwards, among others. Miep O'Brien made the comment "Yeah and tarantulas explode from cactuses too!". Embarassing, but lesson learned!
To confuse things further, there are spiders that are known as "dady long legs"-the cellar spiders (Pholcidae).