We always called these daddy longleg spiders, but they aren’t spiders! Arachnids – yes. Spiders – no. I only figured this out today when I did the research for this post.
They aren’t even the only critters that are called daddy longlegs – cellar spiders and craneflies are called that too.
Species: Phalangium opilio
Native to: Found in most terrestrial habitats.
Date Seen: October 2011; August 2013
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta
Notes: These arachnids have eight long slender legs and short globular bodies. They don’t have antennae. They don’t spin webs, and they are not venomous.