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daddy longlegs,

name applied to the harvestmanharvestman,
arachnid, often called daddy longlegs because of its eight long, slender legs. The harvestman has a rounded or oval body possessing glands that give off an acrid scent.
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, an arachnid, and to the crane flycrane fly,
true fly resembling a mosquito, often called daddy longlegs because of its six long, delicate legs. (The harvestman, also called daddy longlegs, belongs to an unrelated order.) Most species of crane flies have a single pair of wings and slender bodies.
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, an insect.
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Daddy Long-legs spiders go through five moults before they reach maturity (Bristowe 1958).
Daddy Long-legs are the commonest spiders in our house, but are rarely seen doing anything apart from hanging in their webs (sometimes feeding from prey, including other Daddy Long-legs, as in Fig.
I seem to spend half my nights chasing dancing daddy long-legs and massive moths.
And this particular evening I found myself extricating a couple of daddy long-legs from her room.
BRITAIN is facing a plague of daddy long-legs - thanks to the wet summer.
Experts say this a bumper spring for the inch-long grubs, which are the larvae of crane flies, better known as daddy long-legs.
The crane fly, or daddy long-legs, is abundant at this time of the year, and on a September evening, particularly when there is a light breeze, you will see them flitting about in the heather or sedges to be blown out into the loch.
MOST of us, I'm sure, have seen dragonflies - not to be confused with daddy long-legs or crane flies which they only vaguely resemble.