Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Weird Bug Of The Week

Okay guys, here he is, and you've probably all seen one once or twice. We call them Granddaddy Longlegs around here!



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Opiliones"

Harvestmen are eight-legged invertebrate animals belonging to the order Opiliones (formerly Phalangida) in the class Arachnida, in the subphylum Chelicerata of the phylum Arthropoda. As of 2006[update], over 6,400 species of harvestmen have been discovered worldwide, although the real number of extant species may exceed 10. Well-preserved fossils have been found in the 400-million year old Rhynie cherts of Scotland, which look surprisingly modern, indicating that the basic structure of the harvestmen has not changed much since then. Phylogenetic position is disputed: their closest relatives may be the mites (Acari) or the Novogenuata (the Scorpiones, Pseudoscorpiones and Solifugae).[2]

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".

In other news: It finally RAINED! WooHoo!!! Sunday morning at about 5:30 it started thundering so loud it was deafening and lightening was striking trees right behind the house, but I didn't even care! I was just so glad to see it raining. We got several inches and Monday was a lot cooler. I hope it rains some more!

I haven't got any new jewelry to show you. I've been busy, but it was all orders from my shop that you've all seen.

OH! I did get some new tools from Beaducation, while they were having their $th of July sale! Yippee! I got some ring bending pliers that I LOVE! I don't know how I've gone so long without them! I also got a new Fretz riveting hammer, (Love it, too!) and new sheet metal shears, and Lindstrom flush cutters. I so love new tools! I'm an addict! :)

5 comments:

Ginga Squid said...

Oooooh its a rasin on legs!

susie said...

That top pic is amazing - daddy long legs as art.

Melissa Meman said...

Yay for new tools! I need some.

We had so many daddy long legs in 'Bama growing up...I hardly ever see any here in Maryland.

Willow Branch said...

I love new tools. Ring bending pliers??? I need to check those out...if it's what it sounds like & may want to check out a pair of those.
Glad you got rain...we've been dry in NC & really can use some rain, but I don't think we're going to get any rain this month.

Pam

Deer Mountain Creations said...

now how in the world did you get those pics??? lol Did you get a new micro/macro camera?
Way too cool, creepy, but coool! =D