Despite there being easily millions of harvestmen in the vegetation and in and around man-made structures, I had never seen one actually catch and devour its prey. (These are not spiders. They hunt, catch and physically eat their food, rather than use a web and venom and sucking the goodness out of their prey). Impressively, this one had captured a comparatively large hoverfly. What this image can’t show is that this victorious individual (although disabled with only seven legs) was being pursued up the wall by a horde of his counterparts looking to deprive it of its prize. Considering the leg span of these mechanically enthralling beasts approaches the size of my adult hand, it makes for an impressive sight.
Although they belong to the class of arachnids, harvestmen are not spiders, which are of the order Araneae rather than the order Opiliones.In some places, harvestmen are known by the name “daddy longlegs” or “granddaddy longlegs”. The difference between harvestmen and spiders is that in harvestmen the two main body sections are broadly joined, so that they appear to be one oval structure; they also have no venom or silk glands and pose absolutely no danger to humans. The second pair of legs are longer than the others and work as antennae. Unlike most other arachnids, harvestmen do not have a sucking stomach or a filtering mechanism. Rather, they ingest small particles of their food.
This species, suborder Eupnoi, aggregates in VAST numbers in the undergrowth here in Yunnan at the moment. So huge are the numbers that you hear them before you see them and when they are startled, the tree or shrubbery they are occupying seems to shiver with their frenzied passage, literally tripping over each others limbs.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
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I was experimenting around with some thingss
thought I’d post it today since it’s her birthday and all uvu
spreading the christmas cheer guys
Time to watch this everyday for the rest of this month.
my brother told me there were literally traffic accidents bc people who weren’t aware the movie was being filmed saw will ferrell prancing around as an elf and were like what the fuck
best movie ever hahahha