Daddy long legs

by Claire
(Perth, WA)

what we know as daddy longlegs in the uk are actually called crane flies:

Crane flies (Tipulidae) are a family of insects resembling giant mosquitoes. Like the mosquito, they are in the order Diptera (flies). They have numerous other common names, many of them more or less regional, including jerry longlegs, daddy longlegs, mosquito eaters, lollygaggers, gallinippers, gollywhoppers, doizabizzlers, chicken flies, mosquito hawks, leather jackets, Jimmy Spinners, skeeter eaters, flipadoodles and brizzlelegs.

In the UK they are most commonly referred to as Daddy Long-Legs, while the creatures known in the US as Daddy Long-Legs are actually a species of arachnid known as Opiliones.
Despite their common names, crane flies do not prey on mosquitoes, nor do they bite humans.

The daddy long legs that would possibly eat small spiders is another spider, mentioned above.

Go to this site to see the daddy long leg spiders:
http://spiders.ucr.edu/daddylonglegs.html

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