The beautiful village of Tattenhall in Cheshire
Webteam: October 2015
But do you realise the price we will have to pay for this? The mild autumn together with the warm weather over the summer months means a bumper crop of daddy-longlegs — huge numbers of which are set to invade homes over the next few weeks as the weather cools.
To prepare you — here are some Daddy-longlegs facts...
They're not spiders — a Daddy-longlegs is an arachnid but is actually more closely related to a scorpion than a spider. Hope that helps!
They can live for a long time — unlike a lot of insects, many can survive several seasonal cycles as an adult. So they're here to stay.
They're very very old — a very well preserved fossil of a Daddy-longlegs found in Scotland shows that they have been around for 400 million years. They're definitely here to stay.
They're not venomous — remember that story you've heard about how Daddy-longlegs being the most poisonous creatures in the world — but with fangs too weak to bite you?? It's rubbish — they don't have fangs and they can't make venom either. Feeling better now?
Their legs do not grow back — that's bad news for a species that voluntarily shed legs to get away from predators. It's even worse news if you used to pull the legs off Daddy-longlegs as a child. Shame on you!
So just remember, they're only coming inside to keep warm, find shelter and find a mate. Is that too much to ask???
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