The Eastern Harvestmen
Around our parts of the nation we call the Eastern Harvestmen creatures daddy longlegs, but the real name is the Eastern harvestmen. There are 6,650 species of harvestmen worldwide.
Not A Spider?
Do you notice the red dot on his oval body? There can be many of those dots on their bodies, they are parasites.
Scientific Name: Leiobunum vittatum
The Eastern Harvestmen are similar to and often misidentified as spiders. But they are not. They are Opiliones which have extremely long legs compared to their bodies and lack the venom glands of spiders.
You Can Find Them All Over Your Yard
You will find harvestmen slowly moving around leaf litter and among the leaves in the woodland areas.
Excellent For Balancing Some Yard Pests
Harvestmen eat their fair share of garden and yard insects.
- small slugs
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