The Deceptive Daddy Longlegs

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You've likely seen a daddy longlegs in your house. But you should think twice before calling those leggy creatures lurking in basement corners spiders. There are actually four types of daddy longlegs: three are animals, two are arachnids, and only one is a spider. In Australia, the daddy longlegs is a type of spider also known as the cellar spider. The crane fly is an insect that also goes by the name daddy longlegs.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Arthropods are a subset of animals with external skeletons, segmented bodies, and jointed limbs. 00:36

  2. There are plenty of arachnids that are not spiders, such as scorpions and mites. 00:47

  3. There is also a plant called daddy longlegs. 01:41