"MISTAKEN IDENTITY" Daddy long legs - Smeringopus sp. (family Pholcidae),

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

Artist's Description

Captured: Groenland, Tolwe, Limpopo, SOUTH AFRICA
Camera Nikon D50
Lens Sigma 70-300mm DG

A female daddy longlegs spider, Smeringopus sp. (family Pholcidae), just dropped a “bunch” of babies! Yes not a boll of dust or rubbish! Hundreds of tiny little spiders!
There is a worldwide urban legend that daddy long legs spiders are incredibly venomous, probably the most venomous in the world. Perhaps this legend has its roots in ignorance, but more likely it is a case of “mistaken identity”. Although daddy long legs spiders are completely harmless, they can be confused with the dangerous violin spider, because the two species are superficially similar. Like daddy long legs spiders, spitting spiders (Scytodes spp.) and false violin spiders ( Drysmusa spp.) are harmless, but can also be mistaken for violin spiders

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