As an arachnophobic kid, I found it likely and spread the word.
Black widows were far more deadly. Though I too wish they would stay outside, I can see why some wildlife are attracted to human habitation. They spend most of their time sitting still in a crevice or under a log — they love shady, humid places, so you might find them in your basement or crawl space.
I find the easiest way to tell is to look for the segmented body.
The team at MythBusters investigated whether the daddy longlegs spider might be the deadliest in the world and busted the myth on two counts. Thanks for the comment! The Opiliones have one large body segment and the Pholcidae have two segments a head and an abdomen.
I have been, for the better part of my life, terrified of spiders and ticks and most arachnids. Nice little piece!
Pure speculation on my part, but an interesting incident. It was really cool learning about both of them and easing my fear of spiders bit by bit with my knowledge gained. Pholcidae is family level, not order.
Strange synchronicity — my 11 year old daughter was repeating the daddy longlegs myth just last night, and I saw the blog this morning. Our homes also provide a steady supply of water and sometimes food.
Up to 70,000 have been recorded gathering together in a mass that looks like a ball of hair. Have you seen a daddy longlegs with a missing leg?
Warning — if you are arachnophobic, you might want to skip the videos below. No venom, so perhaps you are mildly allergic to their chemical secretions? I moved and found 2. Maybe it was the spider form but how can you tell? Maybe more info on their life cycle.
In fact, the placement of the spiracles can cause the legs to continue twitching — distracting the would-be predator while the daddy longlegs escapes. Could this be true? Next, Adam Savage allowed himself to be bitten by a daddy longlegs spider — not only was it able to bite him, but he barely felt the bite and suffered no ill after effects.
What do they eat and what eats them?