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Daddy Long Legs

The name 'Daddy-Long-Legs' has been used for at least two different kinds of arachnids - spiders (Pholcus phalangioides) and harvestmen (Opoliones).Please choose a section below.
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PHOLCUS PHALANGIODES

DADDY-LONG-LEGS
The animal which most biologists call "daddy-long-legs", is a spider, Pholcus phalangioides, which belongs to the spider family Pholcidae, order Araneida, class Arachnida. Pholcid spiders are araneomorph spiders which kill and digest their prey using venom. However there is no scientific basis for the urban myth that daddy-long-legs are the most venomous, poisonous or toxic spiders in the world. Daddy-long-legs spiders have venom glands and fangs but their tiny fangs are fused at the base and it is rare for human to be bitten as their jaws do not open very wide. Their venom has not been studied in detail. As far as Dr Mike Gray (senior arachnologist at the Australian Museum) knows, there is no evidence in the scientific literature to suggest that the venom of daddy-long-legs could harm humans. There is also not much scientific evidence to suggest whether or not they can bite humans, this seems to be part of the myth as well!! However daddy-long-legs kill and eat other spiders, including Redback Spiders whose venom CAN be fatal to humans. Perhaps this is the origin of the rumour that daddy-long-legs are the most venomous spiders in the world. It might be argued that if they can kill a deadly spider, they must be even more deadly themselves, but daddy-long-legs only need to be quicker to bite, not more venomous.

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17 October, 2013:
Hi. i live in arizona and these pics were taken in back yard near a water source...seemed that two of them were eating another...are they daddy long legs i wonder? thanks in advance!

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7 November, 2013:
The last picture is of a long-bodied cellar spider with her egg sac, who has made a web directly above my bed and tends to stay pretty still. Danna

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Reply: A lot of people think these are recluse spiders because of the hour glass on the cephalothorax. However they are just harmless daddy long legs and nothing to worry about - glen

25 September, 2013:
I live in Northern Nevada and I find at least 3 of these a day. They are usually in my bathroom, either in the corners or around the tub. Sometimes they are in my bedroom. I have a 5 month old and want to know if I should be concerned? Thank you!

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8 September, 2013:
 
Not sure what kind of spider this is can you help?

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8 September, 2013:
 
Hi glen please help me identify this spider. I live in Lincoln New Hampshire and this was in my down stairs bathroom. Thanks

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6 July, 2013:
 

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Reply: This is a female daddy longs legs with her egg sac - glen

11 May, 2013:
I live in east Texas and found this in my bathroom. What kind of spider is it and is it safe?

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Reply: They are daddy longs legs - glen

10 November, 2012:
Hello, Attached are two photos of the spiders in my living room....are these spider babies?! A couple days ago I noticed the large spider and saw that it had what looked like a bunch of tiny flies in it's web. I had had a few fruit flies in the house from the compost bucket that needed to be emptied, so I figured that since it was "helping" me get rid of the flies I'd let it stay there until it ate them all (and I emptied the bucket!). Well, a couple days later I looked at it again and there are a bunch of tiny spiders!!! They definitely have grown since I first noticed them. I'm planning on vacuuming them up to get rid of them. Any idea what kind of spider this is, and if this is how it reproduces? Thanks, Renee

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Reply: No, it's just a harmless daddy longs legs - glen

10 November, 2012:
This was found in my basement in Atlanta, Ga USA. Is it a Brown Recluse

 

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25 June, 2012:
Here's Pholcus phalangioides with her eggs - Spider foetuses visible. In my bathroom - she can't defend herself or feed during this time. I am hoping to capture them hatching. Nik

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Reply: This is a daddy longs legs - glen

19 June, 2012:
Hello, I found this on a wall in the bathroom last night. I thought brown recluse, my husband said no way it is a daddy long legs. Could you help me figure it out? Thank you so much!!

 

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Reply: This is a daddy longs legs - glen

7 May, 2012:
Found in basement in northern mass USA, just wondering if potentially poisonous as I have a 5 month old daughter. Any help appreciated. Lucas

 

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Reply: No, this is a daddy longs legs - glen

26 February, 2012:
Hello, I am new to ur site, but have enjoyed the info. Thank you. I have seen, fortunately/unfortunately, quite a few brown recluse -- all female, I think? Is this a male? Or do I have it backwards? I found the specimen in my wood pile.... thank you for ur help! Sebastian

 

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10 February, 2012:
Glen, I found this little guy/gal hanging out in my house here in TN. Growing up here, we were taught to watch out for brown recluse and black widow spiders. I am having some difficulty confirming this spider though. Can you help me? The eyes seem to be correctly patterned, although the pictures are hard to see that detail, but the uniform color doesn't exist, and neither does the "fiddle". What do you think? You can use these pictures for whatever you need to. Thanks.

 

 

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10 February, 2012:
What kind of spider is this

 

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20 November, 2011:
My co worker and I found this spider in the office stairway. We receive shipments from all over and I have never seen one like this. It has the long legs of a daddy long leg but it has the body of a normal spider. What spider is this and what can you tell me about it?

 

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15 October, 2011:
Some shots from different angles of a spider in the children's playhouse in TN. We thought at first that he might be a brown recluse. But after looking more closely at your brown recluse pictures, I think he is not because his back is not solid and his front pair of legs are longer than the second pair. Do you know what he is? Melody

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4 August, 2011:
hi, was camera happy this weekend as i got a new camera.... well i wanted to test out the close ups and got some more spider photos.... some have IDs, a few i would like an ID for. went on a camping trip, so lots of spiders for me to photograph! Still in the Windsor Ontario region second is a daddy long legs.  as always, feel free to use any you would like! Casey

 

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Reply: This looks like a daddy long legs- glen

18 May, 2011:
I found this cellar spider/daddy long-legs (pholcidae spermophora?) on my bedroom door last night. I noticed it was different than the ones I normally see so I took a picture. I wish I had taken a clearer shot but it was quite small and I let it get away. I think it's one of the 6-eyed varieties. Picture taken by me in Southern NJ and free for anyone to use.

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Reply: This looks like a daddy long legs- glen

31 July, 2010:
Hey we were trying to clean out a cabinet to move so we could paint the wall behind it and this spider stumbled out when we opened the doors...very disoriented and drunk looking lol Could you tell us what it is?

 

 

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Reply: This is some sort of fungus that the spider has decided to make its home near - glen

10 June, 2010:
What kind of spider makes this type of web/home? It looks like a Daddy Long Legs, but Iíve never seen a home like this one. It was found at a baseboard in a rarely used bathroom beside the sink. We live in Western Pennsylvania, USA. Sincerely, Shawn

 

 

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16 November, 2009:
I HOPE YOU CAN USE SOME OF MY PICTURES ON YOUR WEBSITE! MC

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Reply: Not sure what this one is with its 6 legs and the photo not too clear. Looks a bit like a daddy long legs, it's definitely not a brown recluse - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hi Glen, Yet here is another that has fascinated me all summer long and continues to thrive in the ceiling corner of our bathroom. I see in the photo what looks to be six clear pairs of eyes above the wide violin shape, yet this one has only six legs... Were two lost? What ere it????? Please.. Thanks very much. Jim

 

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9 September, 2009:
Hello! Wondering if you could identify this spider for me. It's been hanging out in my basement in Boise, Idaho, U.S.A. I'm sure it's harmless. Just curious. Should be a simple one for you. Thanks, Phil
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5 September, 2009:
Hello, I love your site! I started taking pictures of spiders in my house after my one year old son started getting what I think are yellow sac spider bites. (Lymph filled blisters that rupture and take months to heal.) So far your site has helped me identify 5 out of 6 of the spiders I've found (including what I think is a yellow sac), and now I know which are safe enough to catch and release, and which aren't worth the risk (lest they escape and bite my son again). Except for the nursery web spider who's picture was taken a few years ago (the most photogenic of them all, and thanks to your site I know they're not dangerous), all the spiders I caught were no bigger than a 1/3 of an inch...  All the spiders I've photographed are from southern New Jersey. Please let me know if I've grossly misidentified any of my spiders. Feel free to post any pictures you like and thanks for making such a great site! -Laura Lee
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30 September, 2008:
Here's a Daddy Long Legs I discovered in my house in Aliso Viejo (south of Los Angeles) two years ago. A tiny little spider with a Napoleonic complex! You can use my picture. Jim

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30 August, 2008:
hello, i was visiting you site looking for the answer to how long the incubation period for spiders is. i have had this spider sitting on my wall for over a week now.... and was wondering when the eggs may hatch. i'm in the UK

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8 June, 2008:
Hi, I was helping my sister clean out her closet and when I reached up to get the shelf items, I was horrified to find a clan of spiders. They look like Daddy Long Legs but with a different body. They're at least 3 inches with legs. I have got a picture of one, can you help me? We live in Chesapeake, Virginia right on the NC/VA line.

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2005:
Hey I've visited your site a lot and used to be very scared of spiders but now its almost like I've got used to them as we get a lot in this house. I find them fascinating and the other day I noticed a daddy long legs was sitting in my wardrobe with some eggs in its mouth. This morning I looked and they had all hatched! David

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