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Old May 28, 2009, 11:13 PM   #11
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Terrific shots , the Cherokee Clubtail is fabulous and I like the daises too.
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Old May 28, 2009, 11:35 PM   #12
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All wonderful shots! Hope you'll keep your camera close by as you work, then when things slow down you can post more of these wonderful shots. I love looking at all of your pictures, they are very inspirational.
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Old May 28, 2009, 11:54 PM   #13
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Mole, your close-ups are as impressive as your landscapes. - keep them coming. I haven't seen a Harvestman in a long time - not since coming West. Thanks for posting it. And, yes, the Ebony Jewelwing is a female - the males lack the white stigmas in the wings.

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Old May 29, 2009, 3:48 AM   #14
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A great series Mole,

love the dragonfly's coloring, but really like the way you've got the last one focussed. I'm always having problems with harvestmen to get those legs in the shot.

Think it's time to go out and bother them a bit.

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GW, Lou & Dal - Thanks for all the kind comments. Glad you enjoyed these. I do have a lot of fun chasing bugs & flowers around!

Yes Lou, I do enjoy my work, and the amazing, complex and subtle natural places here. Thanks for the encouragement!

Dal - the spider is actually another arachnid called by various names - GrandDaddy (or Daddy) long legs, or Harvestman. Close kin to spiders, but does not produce silk, and has eyes mounted on top of its body. Mostly a scavenger on dead insects and such.

That's the word I was looking for - Harvestman

The Daddy Longlegs has wings
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a brilliant representation also..
you do know that you can always sling the cam on..
i've read that the daddy longlegs has the most powerful venom on the planet.. how about it doc penolta??
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a brilliant representation also..
you do know that you can always sling the cam on..
i've read that the daddy longlegs has the most powerful venom on the planet.. how about it doc penolta??
Harvestmen are not spiders and are not predatory - they are vegetarians and scavengers - I doubt they would have venom. Common names are often misleading, and "Daddy Longlegs" has been applied to any number of long-legged spiders and spider-like creatures. All true spiders probably have some venom, but as is the case with the common long-legged Household Spider (aka another Daddy Longlegs) that keeps other spiders out of my house, its jaws are too weak to pierce human flesh - and if it did, no matter how powerful, there wouldn't be enough to do much damage to anything but a very small creature. There are some exceptions, of course, but not many compared to the number of kinds there are.
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The daddy long legs apparently does have the most powerful venom on the planet, but is has no fangs, so can't use it.

One of nature's little jokes, along with the wings which only allow gliding, not flying.
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The daddy long legs apparently does have the most powerful venom on the planet, but is has no fangs, so can't use it.

One of nature's little jokes, along with the wings which only allow gliding, not flying.
that's what i thought.
where does this trivia come from??? and why do we file it away??
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Hmmm...
must be talking about a different Daddy long legs, I have never seen one with wings.

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