30 Days. 30 Bugs. Teaching kids all the YIKES about the Daddy Long-Legs!
During June, I will be offering some pretty interesting bugs to you and your kids… bugs that will excite and entertain kids while teaching them. Each and every little word or fun piece of information is a building block to love of learning and literacy.
Come along for the YIKES! It’s gonna be a buggah!
DADDY LONG-LEGS – The arachnid nick-named Daddy Long-Legs is a member of the species Pholcus phalangioides. The word Pholcid is a Greek word derived from Pholcus, meaning bandy-legged.
The Daddy Long-Legs has a small, round body and very long, slender legs. Its cephalothorax (fused head and thorax) resembles a human skull, giving the Daddy Long-Legs the nick-name skull spider.
There is one interesting myth that the Daddy Long-Legs is the most venomous spider in the world. YIKES! This “information” comes from the fact that the Daddy Long-Legs preys on deadly venomous spiders such as the Redback, a member of the Black Widow family.
In reality, though, there is no evidence to suggest that the Daddy Long-Legs leaves enough venom to harm a human being. But it can, and does, BITE. I’d call that a YIKES!
The Daddy Long-Legs has a very unique way of protecting itself from harm. When a predator comes near its web, the Daddy Long-Legs begins a rapid vibrating motion that makes the web appear blurred and difficult to see and penetrate. This ability gives the Daddy Long-Legs another nick-name… the vibrating spider.
Bring your kids into the unique world of the Daddy Long-Legs. These creatures are easy to spot with their long, bandy legs. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a Daddy Long-Legs in a vibrating web. If you are reticent to get too close, do some research from the safety of your local library!
Join me here each day in June for 30 days. 30 Bugs. – a little fun, a little learning and a lotta YIKES!