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What is a daddy Long Legs?

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Poll: What is a Daddy Long Legs? (54 member(s) have cast votes)

What is a Daddy Long Legs?

  1. A Crane fly (10 votes [18.52%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.52%

  2. A Harvestman arachnid (36 votes [66.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  3. None of the above (please post your answer) (8 votes [14.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 14.81%

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#46    Junior Chubb

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 10:42 PM

Guys and Girls, thanks for all the votes. I didn't think this would go so far. :)

It looks like my stance was wrong(ish), so far the Harvestman is well in the lead, there is a slight Atlantic divide but my ignorance lead me to leave out the Australian version that would have been a popular choice.

I think a fair answer would be both (or all 3 including the Oz variation).

Nice to see DDL is a term most of us are familiar with and it usually brings back some childhood memeories. :)

Edited by Junior Chubb, 28 September 2012 - 10:43 PM.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 05:50 AM

 Eldorado, on 28 September 2012 - 12:21 PM, said:

FGS, how many spiders do you have in Aussie land?  *shudders*


We've got more creepycrawlies than you can shake a stick at...

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:06 AM

I was always led to believe that it was a harvestman.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:07 AM

In Dutch we call them "hooiwagen", a kind of spider with very long and thin legs. Enter that in Google Translator, and you get "daddy longlegs".


In some places, Opiliones are known by the name "daddy longlegs" or "granddaddy longlegs", but this name is also used for two other unrelated arthropods: the crane fly (Tipulidae) and the cellar spider (Pholcidae).

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

http://nl.wikipedia....wiki/Hooiwagens


What you call a crane fly we call "langpootmug" ("long-legged mosquito/gnat"):

http://nl.wikipedia..../Langpootmuggen

Numerous other common names have been applied to the crane fly, many of them more or less regional, including mosquito hawk, mosquito eater (or skeeter eater), wolf mosquito, gallinipper,[1] and gollywhopper.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly
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Edited by Abramelin, 29 September 2012 - 09:11 AM.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:31 AM

Funny, I didn't realise daddy long legs referred to different creatures in each country.

This guy was thinking the same thing. Probably a bit too much though haha:



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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:47 AM

Actually, they are not animals at all, they are very tiny, alien machines:

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:21 AM

 Abramelin, on 29 September 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:

Actually, they are not animals at all, they are very tiny, alien machines:

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Abramelin...would you mind if i PM'd you with a question about crows...it is a serious question i need to ask you..


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:44 AM

 ThePhantomFlanFlinger, on 29 September 2012 - 11:21 AM, said:

Abramelin...would you mind if i PM'd you with a question about crows...it is a serious question i need to ask you..

Lol. you know what I have been watching just now? "In the Company of Ravens", a 110 minutes lecture by John Marzluff. After some videos I posted on UM have been removed because of copyright, you better go find it yourself on YouTube.

OK, Phantom, send me the pm.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:07 PM

 Abramelin, on 29 September 2012 - 11:44 AM, said:

Lol. you know what I have been watching just now? "In the Company of Ravens", a 110 minutes lecture by John Marzluff. After some videos I posted on UM have been removed because of copyright, you better go find it yourself on YouTube.

OK, Phantom, send me the pm.

i just tried but it wont let me...i will start a thread in the community lounge because it really does intrigue me.,,


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:45 PM

 ThePhantomFlanFlinger, on 29 September 2012 - 12:07 PM, said:

i just tried but it wont let me...i will start a thread in the community lounge because it really does intrigue me.,,

I think I know why you failed to send me a pm: I should delete a number of old pms.

Gimme a minute.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:51 PM

Spider, never heard of the other one.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:49 PM

Spider here, in San Diego. And they're all over the place!

Not any of these options would make for a good D.ynamic L.ibrary L.ink though :P


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:46 PM

The most horrifying thing ever.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:06 PM

 Junior Chubb, on 27 September 2012 - 07:25 PM, said:

After a recent mention in a thread, and something my son and a friend said recently I thought I would ask the question in this poll. What is a Daddy Long Legs?

For me a Daddy Long Legs (DLL) is a Crane fly, but recently I have come across a rogue percentage of the population that refers to other creatures as DLL, the most common of these is an arachnid known as a Harvestman (a very long legged spider looking creature).

I was wondering which is the most common and if there is a right or wrong on the subject or whether it is area specific as to what a DLL is. Here are a few links if you are interested in further reading or don't have a clue what I am going on about.

Crane Fly

Harvestman

The first written mentioning of Daddy Long Legs?

Thanks for any votes and input...


I voted other because I think daddy long leggs is an effectionate name like "sweet pea"
A dog can be sweet pea or a child can be called sweet pea.  But as a kid where I lived it was the spider not the fly.


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:12 PM

Well, a daddy Long Legs will always be a Harvestman arachnid to me.
I remember I used to keep a dozen of them for a month or two(during the summer). I fed them mostly other dead arthropods. Their feeding behavior is really interesting :P





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