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Daddy Long Legs by Spursfan on 5 September 2005 10:30am
Is it me, or is there a plague of Daddy Longlegs (crane flies) this year?

There were at least 3 in the kitchen last night, one in the study and one in our bedroom (no, not the same ones!). That makes a plague to me!!! Well, lets face it chums, one makes up a plague to me!

I hate them (they're like the kamikaze branch of spiders!).

Hopefully their 'season' will end soon.

Re: Daddy Long Legs by Clare on 5 September 2005 5:14pm
I know that feeling, they are just so stupid to as the always bounce off windows and lights!!

Re: Daddy Long Legs by Spursfan on 5 September 2005 9:11pm
And you don't know if they're going to bounce off you!!!! Yeuk!!Help!

Re: Daddy Long Legs by perfectbitch on 5 September 2005 11:01pm
They look so mechanical too. Ugh!
Re: Daddy Long Legs by tucsonmike on 6 September 2005 2:06am
No Daddy Long Legs here, just June Bugs to act stupid and kamikaze like...
Re: Daddy Long Legs by canaveralgumby on 6 September 2005 7:16am
I had debilitating arachniphobia for a long time. I can't remember when it started or what triggered it - I remember watching the 50's movie "Tarantula" when I was about 5 and thinking that was a really cool movie! Anyway, it went on til I was about 20.

I kept myself awake every night as long as I could because I feared the spider dreams. When, inevitably, we got to that chapter in the biology book every year, I could not look at the pictures...

One day, around age 15 I think, I was stuck in the kitchen with chopped beef and egg all over my hands (making meatballs) when a nature documentary about spiders came on in the other room. I freaked, because I couldn't clean my hands and get to the tv in time to change it!

I did my utmost not to let my eyes go in the direction of the tv and soldiered on. What Bill Burrod (anyone remember him?) had to say about spiders was incredible. They are amazing animals. Admirable little beings. They survive through extremes in heat and cold, ignore pain, can live weeks without food, are the first sign of life to appear after a forest fire or flood...

Maybe it would help you to listen to (if not look at!) a good nature show about them. I don't even want to step on one now. I have to coax them onto a paper towel and bring them outside.

Of course if you live where the little buggers are dangerous to you or your pets, by all means, stomp away! But daddy longlegs, no...

tusconmike, you don't ever see tarantulas? I looked all over for one when I was out there, but they seem to exist only in glass paperweights!
Re: Daddy Long Legs by Spursfan on 6 September 2005 11:01am
I don't mind spiders - well, I wouldn't exactly PICK ONE UP!!! - but I don't mind them being in the same room etc. As a matter of fact a couple of hours ago I took some photos in the garden of spiders on their webs (it's misty so the webs show up beautifully).

No it's just Daddy Long Legs......

Re: Daddy Long Legs by missfrog on 6 September 2005 12:03pm
What are Daddy Long Legs exactly? I can't picture one...
Re: Daddy Long Legs by perfectbitch on 6 September 2005 12:04pm
I have to fight my arachnaphobia whenever I see a large spider or other creepy crawly. I believe this condition is partly inherited. I have 2 daughters - 1 is phobic ant the other not!! But I would like to tell you a tale of horror that happened while I was at uni. as a "mature" student 10 years ago. It may give you a laugh.

I was studying biological sciences and at the end of my 1st year, we had a long practical on the study of locust digestion. Seemed pretty harmless but I arrived early to prepare. So, I donned my white lab coat and picked up the sheets of A4 which were the schedule for the afternoons work. I checked that I had the correct equipment from the list on page 1 and continued to read the instructions.

"Take an anaesthetised locust and, using your scalpel from your dissection kit, remove the head and boil in a solution of Potassium hydroxide for 15 minutes." I was mortified that I was going to have to actually touch a locust and silently repeated my mantra, "I have a lab coat on - I am a scientist - I can do this." Some other students arrived and after a few minutes, a sensetive and concerned lad approached me with the question, "Do you think they are aware of what we are doing to them?"

I eyed him with some incredulity and replied, a bit snappily, "It's a bloody locust. A creature of Biblical plagues. It doesn't have a brain and anyway, where do you think self awareness kicks in in the scheme of things? Molluscs, fish, amphibia?" But he had only expressed what many of us were thinking and so I took refuge in my mantra. "I have a lab coat on....etc."

I finished reading the schedule and prepared my section of the lab bench, awaiting the arrival of the anaesthetised locusts. They came in a large glass jar carried by Prof. Francis Darwin and he dished them out like sweeties from a sweetie jar. I approached him with my mantra filling my head and gingerly reached out my hand to take the creature from him. It was warm for goodness sake! I took it, at arms length to the bench, placed it on a dissection tile and, taking my scalpel, swiftly sliced off its head and put it in a small pot of KOH and heated it on a Bunsen. I put the rest of the body down on the bench.

At this point, another mature student came over looking white as a sheet. He was a weird combination of scots gypsy and medallion man and was someone I avoided. He was almost in tears and splutterd, "I'd rather boil my own head than boil the locusts head!" Well, I just couldn't resist an opening like that and quickly replied, "I'd sooner you boiled your own head too."

He shuffled off and I continued to boil the head but I saw something move out of the corner of my eye. It was the headless locust crawling along the bench!!! Panic started to rise and my mantra was becoming less effective by the second. I took a deep breath, reached for the beast and with a pair of sharp scissors, cut off its legs and wings. I replaced it on the bench. it's stumps were still whirring about and I felt sick to my stomach but I just repeated the mantra and focused my attention on the Bunsen.

Suddenly there was a huge scream from the other side of the lab and panicky faces all round. Other headless locusts had crawled to the edge of the bench and TAKEN OFF!!!

This was far too much for me and I turned of the gas to the Bunsen and fled for my life shreaking, "Shit. I'm in a "B" movie."

We noticed that, the following year, this practical was dropped from the course.
Re: Daddy Long Legs by Spursfan on 6 September 2005 12:42pm
Yeuk!!! I think that's the most revolting cookery lesson I've ever heard of, lol!!

I can remember in High School, whilst doing 'o'-level Biology (showing my age here, I know!) we had to examine dead locusts (not dissect them) and in groups we were given jars containing said locusts. Well, it was an all-girl school, and no-one was able to do it - a lot of squirming going on!! Anyway, I felt I had to be the one to do it so I did! Wasn't so bad. This was probably because:

a) Bravado took over

b) The locust was dead

c) It didn't decide to go flying off

I so pity you, PB - what a memory to look back on!

Hard to explain Daddylonglegs, Missfrog - imagine a thin body about 2cm long and 6 long legs about 5 cms long, jointed in the centre, flying about. They are also called Craneflies.

There are some pix on http://kaweahoaks.com/html/craneflies.htm
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