Cluster of Daddy Long Legs

What looks like a patch of dead moss on a tree is actually a mass of hundreds or thousands of Daddy Long Legs, also known as Harvestmen. The cluster of arachnids, from the order Opiliones, was found in a tree near a stream in Nogales, Arizona. Boing Boing just posted the video, but it appears to have been on the Internet since 2009 or even earlier. There are also many photos of harvestmen clusters on the Internet, see here.

A patch on a tree resembles dead moss - or a "hairy carpet" as Boing Boing calls it - but when it is touched you can see all the harvestman start making a run for it. Take a look:

Posted on July 27, 2010

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