Opilones (Seven Photographs)

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Opilones, known as Daddy Long Legs or Harvestmen are curious creatures. Their eyes are on a turret on the abdomen, they breathe and smell through their legs. Distantly related to spiders they can eat small insects and plants. They are nocturnal as well as diurnal members of this order of arachnids. When you find one Opilone you can be sure there will be many more. They are generally dexterous climbers. From a photographic standpoint, their minute eyes are hard to capture and the length of their legs is such that getting them all in focus is problematic. They like to sun themselves and if disturbed move away to hide. This past summer they were out in great numbers when other insects were scarce. In spite of the challenges, they make for great practice subjects for close-up insect photography before moving on to smaller insects. In one of the photographs, the Opilone is eating a moth.

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17 responses

  1. Excellent picture.

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    December 7, 2015 at 2:16 am

  2. These guys are a fav of mine. And contrary to the myth. . They can bite humans, but their venom cannot kill you.

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    December 7, 2015 at 6:44 am

  3. Nice Daddys.

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    December 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

  4. Very nice Macro work.

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    December 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

  5. I don’t see many opilones in Vancouver. Where we lived when I was a kid, Wenatchee, they were abundant (hot, dry summer climate). Thanks for teaching me more about another wonderful critter in nature that I admire.

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    December 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

  6. Excellent image, the detail on the insect’s back is so crisp, almost made me like creepy crawlies.

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    December 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    • Thanks.I must admit I too was rather taken with how many insects were more interesting if not beautiful close-up.

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      December 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  7. You really captured this arachnids beauty. When my children were very young, they use to play with them. Never bitten, but good to know. Wonderful post.

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    December 7, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  8. The spider says, “Give me some room, I have long legs.” 🙂

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    December 7, 2015 at 5:33 pm

  9. Very informative, great detail (as always) in the shots but creepy!

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    December 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

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