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The Eastern Harvestmen

The Eastern Harvestmen are similar to and often misidentified as spiders. But they are not. They are Opiliones which have extremely long legs compared to their bodies and lack the venom glands of spiders.

The Eastern Harvestmen

Around our parts of the nation we call the Eastern Harvestmen creatures daddy longlegs, but the real name is the Eastern harvestmen. There are 6,650 species of harvestmen worldwide.


Not A Spider?

The Eastern Harvestmen are similar to and often misidentified as spiders. But they are not. They are Opiliones which have extremely long legs compared to their bodies and lack the venom glands of spiders.
Do you notice the red dot on his oval body?  There can be many of those dots on their bodies, they are parasites.

Scientific Name‎: ‎Leiobunum vittatum

Family‎: ‎Leiobunidae

The Eastern Harvestmen are similar to and often misidentified as spiders. But they are not. They are Opiliones which have extremely long legs compared to their bodies and lack the venom glands of spiders.

You Can Find Them All Over Your Yard

You will find harvestmen slowly moving around leaf litter and among the leaves in the woodland areas.


Excellent For Balancing Some Yard Pests

Harvestmen eat their fair share of garden and yard insects.

  • aphids
  • caterpillars
  • beetles
  • flies
  • mites
  • small slugs
  • snails
  • earthworms
  • spiders

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