Originally Posted by orlok
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?
Originally Posted by pdurrant
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.
We also have Harvestmen insects in Virginia, and these are sometimes called by the same name.