Daddy Long Legs

It used to be that I was scared of spiders, but now I’m not that afraid of some of them – at least the ones that we get right around here. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve seen pictures (and I’m not going to link to them) of the Huntsman spider – a spider that is quite common down in Australia, the land where they have some of the most dangerous spiders in the world – including the Sydney funnel-web spider, responsible for the deaths of at least 13 people. Just looking at a picture of some of those spiders creeps me out.

However, and it’s quite the strange however, there is currently a spider not more than four or five feet from my head and I couldn’t be worried in the least. In fact, I took a picture of the thing, and looking at it gives me no concern at all. Judging from the picture I took, the spider that is there is from the Pholcidae family – sometimes known as the Daddy long legs spider. Quite literally, all it’s doing is just sitting there, upside down and for the most part not moving much. However, its web has managed to ensnare quite a number of small insects.

Now, I must warn those of you who have a well-placed fear of spiders, below is a photo of this spider. While it might seem big in the picture, its size is no more than a couple of square inches. I’ll even upload the picture and display it in the smallest size so that y’all aren’t totally freaked out if you happen to see it in passing. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Daddy Long Legs

  1. Seems I heard or read somewhere the daddy long-legs has incredibly potent venom… and incredibly tiny “jaws,” so it’s effectively harmless.

    To humans at least.

    Of course this might be complete nonsense, but I like the story so I haven’t bothered to risk disappointment by fact-based research. 😉

  2. Hi Sephy! My name is Max ( http://maxcouti.blogspot.com ); I like your blog, it’s nice! I don’t know much about spiders (scientifically speaking), I only know their symbology! Here in Portugal, we only have spiders like the one in your pic, and I confess that I just let them be cause they make me a favour: they get flies!

    I hope you drop my blog.
    Cheers!

  3. RaJ – Yeah, I saw that on Mythbusters, so there shouldn’t be much disappointment. 😉

    Max – Thanks for stopping by! Too bad our spiders don’t catch flies here – we certainly have a lot of them! 🙂

    Thanks y’all 🙂

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