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

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

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

I was born and still live in Africa.
Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
Where I live and what I do is my destiny. I am grateful for the privilege

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  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyalmost 6 years ago

    WOW this is an amazing macro Mags hope alls well. hugs carol xxxx

  • Thank you dear cazz, we take it from day to day, hug xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    yuck heehee dawnx

  • I agree my friend, geuss what I did after the capture? yes your right! hehe xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSalmost 6 years ago

    What a cool capture Mags!! Just loooook at all those babies!!! :-))

  • Thank you so much, appreciate your kind comment, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Michelle *
    Michelle *almost 6 years ago

    Great shot! this is the part where I run away…lol

  • Thanks Michelle, must say not my fav! Got rid of her asp, have a huge garden! xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • paulscar
    paulscaralmost 6 years ago

    awesome capture!!!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you so much, appreciate your kind comment, take care !

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    lol heehee i woudl too haha dawnx

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 6 years ago

    Yak Mag, don’t like them either, harmless or not …lol. But great shot anyway! Hope everything is ok!

  • Thank you my dear friend, pray and faith is my daily bread. Take care, big hug xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorld3 months ago

    Fascinating as always your passion shows!

  • Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comment, much appreciated!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • jozi1
    jozi13 months ago

    Wow -Cool shot,Maggie :)

  • Thanks Tony!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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