It's finally ! Here's a plump harvie sitting on a leaf. Like scorpions and mites, these arachnids are not spiders but in their own group, Opiliones. They don't make silk or have venom.

We called these "daddy-long-legs" where I grew up, which is a nickname also applied to cellar spiders and crane flies. They are also called harvestmen. Some arachnologists I follow call them harvestpeople. I am calling them "harvies" for short.


day 2: a lovely spotted orbweaver, Neoscona crucifera, found in Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Toronto. She was nested in a thistle next to an impressive web. These spiders are widespread throughout North America but I've only found a few here; more southerly perhaps?

They aren't the showiest spiders, but this photo shows how warm sun makes their golden-brown colour pop.


, day 3: Zygiella! A.k.a. "missing sector orbweaver" for their distinctive webs. They have yellowish bodies and abdomens with a silvery or cream-coloured "leaf" marking on top and a "blush" of red (sometimes vivid, sometimes almost completely desaturated) around the sides. 🐘

day 4: the tiniest little white crab spider on the City Hall green roof, with even tinier prey! 🐘

day 5: Psaturday pseudoscorpions from under a rock in the garden. Family Neobisiidae perhaps?

Pseudoscorpions are one of the lesser known arachnid orders. These tiny creatures top out at ~8mm not counting claws; these were maybe ~1mm. They live everywhere from the Arctic to the tropics, but are so tiny and their habitats (under rocks, bark, etc.) so cryptic they are rarely seen. 🐘

Here's a video of one; I would have attached it here but AFAIK the instance media limit is like 2 MB and I don't care enough to suggest changing it lol

day 6: Psunday pseudoscorpion!!! This one was very round, gravid [pregnant with eggs], maybe? They are said to carry their eggs under their abdomen but I've never been lucky enough to see it myself. 🐘

day 7 (honestly amazed at how long I've kept this up): Larinioides spiderling ballooning from a park bench. We (humans) have only recently figured out that it was possible for spiders to use electrostatic repulsion to lift off into the air - and then experimentally verify it. 🐘

day 8: a Larinioides' spiky leg, and her clawed feet. (The white thing is a silken sac, probably for sleep or molting or whatever, from a previous inhabitant of the railing.) 🐘

day 9: Larinioides orbweavers mating! Upon maturing the males leave their webs and go roaming for females to court. Courtship involves web-plucking and a lot of waiting. 🐘

I see I've done Larinioides for the past 3 days. I regret nothing

day 10: how sad, it is and all I have is a photo of this ant. This perfectly normal ant with six legs and two antennae. Just don't look too closely... 🐘

day 11: male Zygiella! I think Z. atrica because of those long pedipalps but I'm not sure. 🐘

day 12: a sheet-web weaver, family Linyphiidae. These spiders can be very small and their finely woven webs are often low down, suspended in long grass or hollows in trees. 🐘

day 13: a snout mite (family Bdellidae) found under a fallen piece of willow bark. I liked the contrast between the bluish lichen and the red-orange mite glowing in the afternoon sun.

day 14: nothing says "autumn" like harvies (opilionids) in goldenrod! Second pic is the area I found it, the little stretch of shore between the Boulevard Club and the Legion.

day 15: "Back off--don't come a step closer--or--I'll--run away!!" A running crab spider (family Philodromidae) squares up on a Queen Anne's Lace plant.

day 17: "What's this?" A Larinioides orbweaver examines my finger. When bored I will poke at them or put my finger in their way, and in all my years of doing this, not a single one has bitten me. They either run away, or quickly figure out the finger is not food and lose interest.

day 18: "Okay little buddy, you killed it, it's dead." Luring out a fierce little hacklemesh weaver with a feather taped to a sonic toothbrush. Try it at home! (Linking bc it's a video.)

day 19: love at the No Frills. After grocery shopping I spotted these courting Larinioides. Then I ended up explaining spider mating in a bit too much detail to some random dude. Then he offered me a chili pepper from an old margarine tub. , baby.

day 20: the best thing I saw on tonight's walk was two red velvet mites sharing an aphid, "Lady and the Tramp"-style.

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@nev ive always wanted to see those daddy-long-legs! I guess i've always known about the cellar spiders, the little spots with legs that bob up and down

@modernmodron there are definitely opilionids wherever you live!

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