10 Fascinating Facts of the Grand Daddy Longlegs

10 facts w/a picture of the arachnid.

  1. They are not spiders, but are still in the arachnid family
  2. They are closely related to mites
  3. There are over 6400 species worldwide
  4. They have 8 legs and the second pair of legs doubles as antennae also
  5. They can eat chunks of food and are not restricted to liquids like other arachnids
  6. They do not have a sucking stomach, but have a feeding mechanism in front of their mouth and will ingest bits of food
  7. They have a single pair of eyes in the middle of their head, but because they cant form images, they use their second pair of legs as antennae to help “see the sights” around them
  8. The females will lay eggs shortly after mating or may lay them months after mating, and the eggs can hatch anywhere from 20 days up to 6 months- In some species, the male is responsible for guarding the eggs
  9. Some species glue debris onto their bodies or play dead to detour predators-they will also detach their legs, which will keep twitching to mystify their predators, while they escape
  10. Biggest Myth: They are not venomous! None of the known species have venom glands or fangs.
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17 Responses to “10 Fascinating Facts of the Grand Daddy Longlegs”
  1. Rose Says...

    On July 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Several clusters of a dozen or so grandaddy long legs on my porch. Why????

  2. April Patterson, Kaitlynne Towell Says...

    On June 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I dont know but I have a daddy long leg on my porch too

    Kaitlynne T.

    8 years old

  3. Max Zeford Says...

    On August 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    It has been recently found out by biologists that an australian funnel web that mated with a brazilian wandering spider, resulting in a disasterous amount of offsprings. The offsprings (told to be around 30-45) have been found to kill 7 adults in aproximately 10 minutes. They are continuely growing and mating. Be aware, for it is around 4.5 inches, slightly hairy but with large fangs. If found IMMEDIATLY wear any material if barefoot, and try spraying it with bug spray, it might not die but it will be too confused or even knocked out. Then proceed to kill it.

    Max Zeford,
    Professor at UCLA

  4. Anonymous Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    ok, fact 10 is wrong, they have been proven to be 68% as venemous as a black widow, though there fangs are incredibly short, im not quite sure which breed this was, but it was tested on mice to see the death rate comparison due to the fact human’s skin is so thick, and i have actually seen one bite a mouse in person, and the mouse die from it

  5. Anonymous Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    But none the less, as humans we have nothing to fear because black widows have an extremely hard time killing people due to their tiny size, so even if they manage to somehow inject venom into us (whichever species it is known or unknown) it would not be a threat if promptly treated, you really have nothing to fear from spiders (yes i do realize these are not spiders), they are usually one thing you should keep in the house for bug control which can become a hazard for you, except when they get pregnant b.c there will be too many, this exclude the brown reclus and other such things due to their venom causes decay and death and needs immediate medical care to minimize tissue damage

  6. paul heighton Says...

    On September 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    i like them.. they make me have a bone on

  7. paul heighton Says...

    On September 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    i saw a daddy long legs, and i jizzed in my pants.

  8. paul heighton Says...

    On September 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    can i just say that wasnt me and was a freind trying to be funny, im sure they are attractive in there own rights but honestly there not my type.

  9. spider torture Says...

    On January 7, 2011 at 4:56 am

    i pull all there legs off lol so they are nothing but a body


    On October 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm


  11. jdog Says...

    On February 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

    wasup i like grand daddy long legs to lol im maried to one

  12. jdog Says...

    On March 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    thanks for the facts i had to use them for a project in science and they helped alot i made a 100! i never new they werent really spiders it really helped thank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( 7 8

  13. Anonymous Says...

    On March 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    every thing i said was lies i really like this website nothing on here isn’t true im really sorry and i hope i gain this knowledge in the future im so stupid im single and dating a man but still lonley im glad i have a pet spider he just died dangit im sad bye bye spider so if you need to know any thing else about spiders come to my website spiders for stupid people.com thanks bye der der der hee haw. yucky spider poop yum it taste so good

  14. Anonymous Says...

    On March 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    i just realized im gay dang i just got out of collage and my boy friend dumped me probably because im still living with my mom im single heres my # 970-0087 i hope i can find true love again and my spider didnt die false alarm he just pasted out i like spiders my spider is a google spider i got him from some hobo on the street the only weird thing is that he’s big furry and sprays me with a very smelly odor with i wipe his butt he also hisses when i tuck him in at night please help my dad mean to me and i dont no why maybe its because i have a deformed face o well bye

  15. jjs Says...

    On August 18, 2012 at 3:59 am

    yeah #10 is wrong…i caught a harvestman while working and you can clearly see it has fangs in the picture i took.glad i had gloves on cause they look plenty big enough to puncture skin

  16. Rodney Patrick Says...

    On September 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Harvestmen do not have venom glands or fangs, which all spiders have.

    Spiders feed on live animals that they paralyze or kill with their venomous fangs.

    Harvestmen eat decomposing plant and animal matter mostly, with an occasional slow-moving insect as part of their diet.

    It is more correct to use the term venomous than poisonous to refer to spiders. Poison is ingested and venom is injected. In poisonous animals, toxic chemicals are stored in the body tissues and are used as a defense to prevent the animal from being eaten. Venom is usually used as a means to obtain prey, with the venomous animal injecting the toxic chemicals into the body of another animal. So spiders are venomous not poisonous. Predators can eat spiders, even brown recluse spiders, without ill effects.

    So, even though “daddy-long-legs” aren’t the most “poisonous” arachnid in the world, they are still a very valuable part of the ecosystem. Maybe now more people can enjoy letting one crawl around on their hand without any fear of venomous fangs. If you really think about it, half of them are really “mommy-long-legs” anyway!

  17. Fartman7000 Says...

    On November 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Do spiders fart?

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