I Interrupt This Program. . .

I know I owe you a continuation of the Allegany State Park post, and I will do it, I promise! My finger got banged a few times while working today, so I can’t get carried away with posting today.

But I just have to show you this one thing! Yesterday while I was helping my Mom put her gardens to bed (cutting down hostas) a daddy long legs came towards me. I’m thinking, no biggie, but you’re there so let me take a macro of you. Oh my!! This guy (or gal) is way tooooo cool, I never knew! Check this out:

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He/she looks like an Eastern Daddy Long Legs (Leiobunum spp.). If you’re sitting there going, yup, no big deal, what’s she raving over, well, I’ve never really looked closely at a Daddy Long Legs before, have you?

Audubon says they’re not a spider. Check out the details of this guy/gal in your favorite insect guide if you want to know more of his cool features (I would type it all here for you, but the finger deal, you know).

And here’s the same photo not so close.

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Here it looks like he’s using his second pair of legs as antennas because I was so close.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 20:04:36

    I love daddy long legs! I have a couple of pictures from last weekend to share too!


  2. jason
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 20:26:24

    Marvelous, Pam! They are weird looking little creatures, but you really captured that well.


  3. mon@rch
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 20:38:57

    Sorry to hear about you finger is still giving problems! WOW, look at that spider you photographed! WOW! The detail is perfect!


  4. Barbara
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 22:44:12

    Amazing shot. I’ve got to learn hoe to use the macro setting on my camera.


  5. Susan Gets Native
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 00:46:48

    *full body shiver*


  6. jayne
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 06:41:57

    I’ve always like Daddy Long Legs and have never thought of them as spiders. I will actually pick one up and relocate him.. well, fling him… but you get the picture. Have never seen one up close like that though. Hmmm… maybe he’s not as harmless as he seems?


  7. Mary
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 08:39:44

    Terrified of them as a child, now I will touch one (carefully, though). Those are terrific photos! I never looked closely at the body of one – I only notice those long legs.

    I hope your finger heals!


  8. Sandy
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 17:35:55

    I have never seen one this close! Great shot! For some reason, they don’t bother me like spiders do, maybe it is that whimsical name.

    So nice of you to help your mom put her garden to bed. You are a good daughter!


  9. Pam
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 20:21:36

    Lynne – I do, too! I can’t wait to see your photos!

    Jason – Thank you! I didn’t realize how they look up close before!

    Mon@rch – Thanks – it still is, too (the finger, that is). And thanks! Psssst, Audubon says it’s not a spider.

    Barbara – Thank you! I love the macro feature.

    Susan – but, but, it’s just a harmless daddy long legs!

    Jayne – ohhhh, please don’t fling daddy long legs, wah! I love them! They’re harmless!

    Mary – really? I never thought of them as being bad at all. I love their long legs. Thanks on the finger – it isn’t healing fast enough for me!

    Sandy – Thank you! Yeah, they don’t bother me, either.
    I love working in the garden, and when my Mom is working out there I can’t resist!


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