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What is a daddy Long Legs?

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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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#31    WhyDontYouBeliEveMe

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:40 PM

daddy long legs = in korea.  they use that term for those . that cares, stands by , and listen,   mostly .  note friends.. ..
daddy ....... long legs = distance.  . i think most of the ppl have a daddy long leg ..


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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:43 PM

 WhyDontYouBeliEveMe, on 27 September 2012 - 09:40 PM, said:

daddy long legs = in korea.  they use that term for those . that cares, stands by , and listen,   mostly .  note friends.. ..
daddy ....... long legs = distance.  . i think most of the ppl have a daddy long leg ..

Interesting... :unsure2:

Thanks for posting though, even though your definition was not on the poll I hope you voted.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:44 PM

 Bling, on 27 September 2012 - 07:58 PM, said:

It's called a Pholcus phalangioides

and looks like this Posted Image

Cheers Bling, I was hoping the Brits would go with Crane Fly. He certainly fits the DDL image though. :)

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:08 AM

 Hasina, on 27 September 2012 - 07:32 PM, said:

Here in Texas, people moronically call crane flies 'mosquito hawks' and think they eat mosquitos. -sighs-

The real "mosquito hawk" is a dragonfly.  They DO eat mosquitos.  The crane fly (which looks like a giant mosquito) does not.

Crane fly:
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Dragonfly:
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But Daddy Long legs is a type of arachnid, but not a spider.
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Edited by Jeremiah65, 28 September 2012 - 02:09 AM.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:05 AM

In Australia a Daddy Long Legs is the the spider Hasina pictured in post #21. I've lived in every state of Australia and I've never heard DDL's referred to as other than this. It's never occurred to me that they're known differently overseas. Thank you all for opening my eyes. Things that make me go Hmmmm....

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:18 AM

 Hasina, on 27 September 2012 - 07:32 PM, said:

Here in Texas, people moronically call crane flies 'mosquito hawks' and think they eat mosquitos. -sighs-
Here in Canada we call Dragonflies "mosquito hawks"...because they do eat mosquitoes, and anything else that fits their jaws.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 03:21 AM

We I was a kid in Britain, we always called the crane fly a DDL.
Now I live in Canada, most people call the Pholcus phalangioides a DDL.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 04:05 AM

Where I'm from in Canada they're considered spider's with really long skinny legs...(i hate spiders,that just gave me chills thinking about it!!) aaahh! lol

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 04:20 AM

 Hasina, on 27 September 2012 - 08:47 PM, said:

Here's an image of the little guy so people don't think I'm just referring to the harvestman: Posted Image
That's a Daddy long-legs... :tu:
If you poke their webs they wobble about in circles and go all dizzy.
They hide up in the corners in the toilet and watch you do your business.
little perverts....


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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:14 AM

 Professor T, on 28 September 2012 - 04:20 AM, said:

That's a Daddy long-legs... :tu:
If you poke their webs they wobble about in circles and go all dizzy.
They hide up in the corners in the toilet and watch you do your business.
little perverts....
I think those are called attic spiders.  I see them often in my basement.
I'm usually the last thing they see. :gun:

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:26 AM

Pain in the backside is what they are.  Tired of clearing their corpses from my lamps.  Grr.  (It's crane-fly here)

Edited by Eldorado, 28 September 2012 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:30 AM

 a nice cup of tea, on 28 September 2012 - 03:05 AM, said:

In Australia a Daddy Long Legs is the the spider Hasina pictured in post #21. I've lived in every state of Australia and I've never heard DDL's referred to as other than this. It's never occurred to me that they're known differently overseas. Thank you all for opening my eyes. Things that make me go Hmmmm....
Yep, fellow Melbournian concurs - btw I have no idea what this "crane fly" is and never heard of a Harvestman either - must google, see ya.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:44 AM

Now that I think about it... We never called them (the spider) "Daddy Long Legs", We called them "Grand Daddy Long Legs"...


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Posted 28 September 2012 - 12:21 PM

 a nice cup of tea, on 28 September 2012 - 03:05 AM, said:

In Australia a Daddy Long Legs is the the spider Hasina pictured in post #21. I've lived in every state of Australia and I've never heard DDL's referred to as other than this. It's never occurred to me that they're known differently overseas. Thank you all for opening my eyes. Things that make me go Hmmmm....

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


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Posted 28 September 2012 - 01:12 PM

When I was a kid my grandfather had a girlfriend named Shirley who was deathly afraid of spiders.  She would babysit me sometime.
We had a cement block garage out back and the grandaddy long leg spiders would gather on this one outside wall by what looked like thousands...they would cover the wall piled all over each other. I guess it was for safety, mating or who knows. Being the little devil I was I got a shoe box and filled it with as many spiders as I could cram in it. I stuck a bow on it that I found in some christmas stuff stored in the garage and went to Shirley who was wearing a pair of shorts and a halter top sitting on a lawn chair beside the pool. I told her I had a gift for her and handed her the box. She said thank you, you are so sweet...
She opened the box and spiders went everywhere !!! She jumped up, screamed and fell over the lawn chair into the pool . I fell on the ground laughing so hard I was crying. I got in trouble but it was well worth it !!!! Not to much trouble though because mom kept laughing as she was telling me I shouldn't have done that.
The following year he was dating another woman named Becky and I did a simular thing with lizards.

Edited by mfrmboy, 28 September 2012 - 01:14 PM.

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