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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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Ian Temby (2005: 203) states that Daddy Long-legs spiders are harmless and 'can be considered a chemical free pest control service'.
On three occasions while showering, I have removed a sopping wet Daddy Long-legs and placed it on a dry surface, gently arranging it in a standing position.
And this particular evening I found myself extricating a couple of daddy long-legs from her room.
The Daddy Long-legs spider, also known as the Cellar spider or Long-bodied Cellar spider, was first recorded for science 242 years ago by Swiss entomologist Johann Kaspar Fussli, as 'Pholcus phalangioides (Fuesslin, 1775)', and was the only spider he described (Wikipedia website).
Daddy Long-legs spiders go through five moults before they reach maturity (Bristowe 1958).
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.