The Deceptive Daddy Longlegs

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.

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

Written by Curiosity Staff July 2, 2015

Curiosity uses cookies to improve site performance, for analytics and for advertising. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.