Beauties and the Beast

daddy long legs
Beauties and the Beast

I enjoy watching Daddy Long Legs spider— they have so much personality. They appear so fragile but are absolutely fearless, standing atop flowers and hanging on leaves and twigs, waving one or more legs at you and warning not to mess with them, going about their business of stepping from one thing to another, just because they can. You might walk through the woods and see no other spiders at all, but you’ll see plenty of Daddy Long Legs everywhere you go.

I couldn’t figure out the orange dots on this one, but I kind of thing those are pollen grains.

The flower they are standing on is a woodland sunflower, abundant in wooded areas along the edges and in clearings.

And here is a National Geographic article I recently read about how they evolved:

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