Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Daddy Long Legs

In Puebla, New Mexico, some biologists might call this creepy. The ball isn't really a ball. This ball are Harvestmen or otherwise known as Daddy Long Legs. Daddy longs legs aren't spiders but are closely related. They are combined in this video to form a ball of fluff called an aggregate. They spend their nights hungtin and in the daytime they huddle close together for protection and defense. When you touch this ball they scatter to confuse their predators. It's called the dilution effect.