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.