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Old 12-06-2012, 11:41 PM   #21569
WT Sharpe
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You do know that Daddy-long-legs aren't spiders? Count the legs - six! Real name is the Crane Fly. There, don't you feel better now?
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Another case of being separated by a common language. In the US, "daddy long-legs" is usually used for harvestmen. Which have eight legs, but aren't spiders.

But in this case, it must be being used for a cellar spider, since harvestmen don't have silk.
In Virginia, the spider we've always called a "granddaddy long-legs" is a spider. Their habitat of choice is the shower stall in the Sharpe household. We just ignore them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pholcidae

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We also have Harvestmen insects in Virginia, and these are sometimes called by the same name.

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