Some have shorter and thicker legs. And if more are around, the trait to make sneaky males becomes less frequent in the population. It sounds like your Wacky Wednesday, or Wonder Wednesday, is a SUPER fun way to spend the day. :), We are sorry to hear this wasn't one of your favorite Wonders, Jimmy! Facts about Daddy Long Legs 8: Goes Nowhere. :), Hi Amma! Spiders have 8 eyes while granddaddy long legs only have 2. Let's meet back here tomorrow to see what WONDERful heartfelt things we'll be WONDERing about together! :), Great answer, Rayla! :-), It makes us REALLY happy to hear that you will keep WONDERing, Shalize! Keep up the WONDERing, Donna! DNA sequencing populations of long-legged species near the coast of Brazil revealed that “they do not get around at all. We think it's so cool that you've been WONDERing about daddy longlegs with us! Wonder #754 - What Does It Mean To Go Viral? During the herding era, only half of the corgi puppies would have short legs. Predictions: Have you ever celebrated Valentine's Day? That was so cool that you got to see that fight and thanks for helping me with my homework by telling me all of that information. They don’t produce silk, have just one pair of eyes, and have a fused body (unlike spiders, which have a narrow “waist” between their front and rear). Ms. Uppena's Third Grade Super Sleuths, Ewwww!! Do baby spiders live in water? Presumably the latter ones can sneak close to females and obtain matings without engaging in brutal competition with other males.”, It’s not as weird as it sounds; Clouse says it happens in a number of animals where there’s a lot of competition between males that is driven by female choice. Dear, Wonderopolis, I love to learn with you and just read these stories the are so interesting. Thanks for telling us about your awesome Wonder! We appreciate you helping us learn some new things today, too! We're not sure exactly what the other bug was, but we bet it was glad about the way things turned out at the end of the video! We like your enthusiasm for today's Wonder and we're happy you're here today! "There’s a lot of him going up to her and touching her and her kind of making a lot of decisions about what’s going on here." Read to explore creepy-crawlies in greater depth? 2. This is called autotomy. We think your predictions about tomorrow's Wonder are AWESOME! They don't even have fangs, and they can't make venom, either. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the video and what you think tomorrow's Wonder might be about. It’s a typical behavior, in fact. Have a stellar day! This is so cool I don't think having spiders are my thing but I guess they're cool to look at but not in my house. What will it be called? :), We think all of your extra WONDERing on what you learned about daddy longlegs in today's Wonder is SUPER, Mrs. Utter’s Kindergarten Class! Spiders are weird and I don't like them they creep me out. Thanks. In all systems with alpha and beta males, there are never that many beta males in the population at any one time. They are AMAZING creatures, aren't they? Why are their legs so long? What a fantastic wonder of the day! Just as advertised, mature crane flies do, in fact, have noticeably long legs. Even though they look like giant mosquitos, most of the adults live for such a short time (only to reproduce) that they don’t eat anything. :), Reading is awesome, Wonder Friend Jade, and we hope you learned something new with us today! All three of these daddy longlegs are found all over the world and are common in houses. on the ground and she picked it up with a stick and we looked at it, and it was white and swirly. It is also awesome to hear that your WONDERful teacher, Mrs. Hess, inspires you and your classmates to Wonder, too! “First of all, if you’re living in a leaf litter with dirt and debris and little pieces of deadwood, they’re exactly the right color brown—they truly just disappear,” Clouse says. It is believed daddy longlegs split off from scorpions, which were becoming terrestrial about 435 million years ago. But really cool and can't wait for next wonder! They sure do have think, fragile legs! One time I was at a cottage and in the bathroom there was about 10 to 12 daddy long legs. I think tomorrow's wonder will be about how surgery or about how other people stand up for themselves. “She probably opens the package up and takes the sperm inside; it’s kept alive [until] the sperm goes into her reproductive tract somewhere, where it meets the eggs and fertilizes.” Then, the female uses a telescoped ovipositor longer than her body to lay the eggs deep in the dirt. We think it's great that you have been WONDERing with us today! Now you know what they really are! We think tomorrow's Wonder will be: Valentine's Day, hearts, circulatory system, and cupid. We will continue to add to our "Wall of Wonders." "I do everything from going into the field and collecting them to analyzing the data and doing the papers and all the lab tests in between," he says. There are a lot of useful essential oils out there. Harvestmen) dangerous? Those long legs are apparently all for male-male competition, or showing off to females, because they don’t use them.”, As for why they don’t travel much, Clouse says that “it’s some kind of fundamental trait they have about their need for humidity, their own behavior in terms of feeding and mating. I hate spiders! University of California, Riverside's Spider Research Site, Do you know what daddy longlegs look like? Love your wonder friend Shelby XOXO. Some of the little ones do seem to have muscular pincers, which allows them to grab and crush some little tiny, tiny bugs in the leaf litter. :), You learn something new every day, Wonder Friend Angie! We are proud of you for WONDERing with us, even though you don't love spiders. We like your Valentine's Day guess... we hope you have a very WONDERful Valentine's Day! :), Hey there, Wonder Friend! They have eight legs and look a bit like spiders, but there are several key differences. How do I get a picture when I comment, like when you comment you have a picture of wonderopolis. This is an awesome wonder! :o, Dear Wonderopolis, “We’re describing new ones all the time,” Clouse says. I felt like the spider was actually in here. Even the redbacks look a lot more dangerous, the daddy long leg isn’t afraid. 'Bachelor' frontrunner exits show: 'I just can't do this' :), We like your style, Katie! Additional things we wonder: “We see injured ones—they’ll have an article cut off on the end. Cool wonder! :), We're so sorry to hear that you can't view today's Wonder video at school, Noah! Help spread the wonder of families learning together. When these guys stop moving, they’re gone.” You can see a video that Clouse made of a cyphos playing dead here. Harvestmen are more easily able to elude predators thanks to their long legs — but not for the reason you might expect. Mrs. Smith's class. Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today! :), It looked like he was dancing and at the end it looked like he was about to say "Dang it!" :-), Happy "Day-before-Valentine's" Day, Mrs. Chevalier’s Class! Well, I am getting ready for ISTEP. ", “In [some] species, males have much longer legs than females,” Clouse says, “and in others males have glands or protuberances not found in females. Check facts about crows here. That thing you heard at summer camp about daddy longlegs being the most poisonous creature in the world, but with fangs too weak to bite you? :), It seems like the daddy longlegs won that battle, Owen and Pooch! They can’t regenerate like a starfish.” That’s bad news for species that voluntarily shed legs to get away from predators or in species where males fight and attempt to break off their opponents' hind legs with their large spines. WOW THOSE ARE SOME BIG DADDY LONGLEGS. Find out! Harvestmen also don’t produce silk and don’t have venom. Wonder #518 - How Does Clay Animation Work? Interesting facts about harvestmen legs. Hey there people at Wonderopolis. We're glad to know that you've been WONDERing with us today! Scientists are uncertain about where the name for these different type of insects actually came from! We hope you will Wonder with us soon! We are looking forward to the Spring, and hopefully we can see some daddy longlegs in person! Was the other bug a cockroach? 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