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Daddy longlegs

  1. Sep 15, 2005 #1

    wolram

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    Or, Crane fly, We have millions of the things, i have never seen so many,
    the daft beggars are crashing about all over, every now and then there comes
    a Chomp as benji tries to catch one, the law of averages
    says he will, but he is getting on, I watched one of these flys circle the hob
    and take a nose dive straight into the frying pan with my bangers in, i am not
    sure what they taste like so i scooped it out.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2005 #2

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    Choppety-wee, haloo! :approve:
     
  4. Sep 15, 2005 #3
    Please tell me if this would have been an appropriate reply:

    Next time scoop the dodger up, dredge him in flour, let him sleep with the bangers, whistle a pint, Bob's your Uncle.

    Is it close? :confused:
     
  5. Sep 15, 2005 #4
    nope. One of the little critters landed in my pint the other night, luckily enough the barmaid let me have another one free of charge.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2005 #5
    Daddy long legs are driving me crazy, just because my girlfriend seems to find one every five minutes, scream, then make me run around the room trying to catch the little f'er and throw it out the window, except you can't THROW a daddy long legs out of the window because in defiance of the laws of physics the daft beggar always seems to accelerate in the opposite direction to that in which the force is applied and the beasty just flies back in your face. TIP: hold the fly enclosed in your fist and bring this up to the open window while holding the window latch with your other hand. Open your hand slightly to make a kind of tube and blow through it as hard as you can, almost immediately shutting the window. Sometimes they still get in, but if you're quick enough it'll work.
     
  7. Sep 15, 2005 #6
    :surprised You have flying daddy longlegs!
     
  8. Sep 15, 2005 #7

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  9. Sep 15, 2005 #8
    To most Brits, a daddy long legs IS a crane fly. That's the first I've heard the term used for anything else.
     
  10. Sep 15, 2005 #9

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: a heroic attempt
     
  11. Sep 15, 2005 #10
    I've heard the term used for two differant things even here in the US. One is for Crane Flies, usually refered to mistakenly as Masquitohawks around here. Where I am commonly Daddy Longlegs refers to a spider looking type critter which is actually called a Harvestman and isn't actually a spider. In my dictionary at home it refers to the Harvestman specifically. They're close though since a Crane Fly looks alot like a Harvestman with wings.
     
  12. Sep 16, 2005 #11
    Ahhh, you see... in the UK, harvestmen look like normal people but with gardening implements. They don't have wings cos they have combine harvesters (and they'll give you the key). DO we have those spider-looking critters in the British Isles? Anyone? I've never seen one.
     
  13. Sep 16, 2005 #12

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    We do. They mostly live outside, and their legs fall off pretty much as soon as you look at them.
     
  14. Sep 16, 2005 #13

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    We have that huge spider type thing that can walk on water, i saw one once,
    it had legs about 2.5 inches long and a tiny body, i think they are called
    water boat men.
     
  15. Sep 16, 2005 #14

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    Nay, water boatmen are these things. I'm not sure what the spiders are called.
     
  16. Sep 16, 2005 #15

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    :confused: What the heck are they called, i looked on google with no luck
    the ones i have seen were on stagnant ponds, they are hard to see as they
    are so spindly, but size wise they are huge.
     
  17. Sep 16, 2005 #16

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    I know the ones you mean, but I have no idea what they are called.
     
  18. Sep 17, 2005 #17

    I don't know if the spiders we here in Australia call Daddy long legs are the same as the ones you guys are talking about. We get them in the house all the time. They sit up in the corner quietly all day and at night they string their damn webs all over the place. They have tiny bodies and long spindly legs. I just looked them up and their proper name is Pholcus phalangioides.
     
  19. Sep 17, 2005 #18

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    Daddy long legs don't spin webs and they aren't spiders, they are arthropods.

    http://www.wnrmag.com/stories/2000/jun00/daddy.htm

    Edit: I see TSA has already discussed these and matthyaouw already highlighted the difference for crane flys. Oh well. :frown:
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2005
  20. Sep 18, 2005 #19

    Holy crap i seriously have no idea what you just said.
     
  21. Sep 18, 2005 #20

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    The UK has water spiders - http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/biodiversity/invert/spiderw.html
    http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/pondexplorer/gallery/wspid.html

    Wooly - are you thinking of water striders? - http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/Ecology/mpages/common_water_strider.htm

    or perhaps it is an actual spider - Dolomedes -
    http://www.dolomedes.org.uk/
    http://www.ukbap.org.uk/UKPlans.aspx?ID=267
    http://www.uark.edu/depts/entomolo/museum/dolomede.html
    http://www.arkive.org/species/ARK/i...reshwater/Dolomedes_fimbriatus/more_info.html

    As for daddy-long-legs
    from http://spiders.ucr.edu/daddylonglegs.html

    Daddy Long-legs Spider Fact File - http://faunanet.gov.au/wos/factfile.cfm?Fact_ID=85
    Pholcus phalangioides
    see also - http://www.museum.vic.gov.au/spiders/detail.aspx?id=4

    My brother and I used to play with them all the time, letting them run over our hands and on our clothes. :biggrin:
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2005
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