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Daddy Long-Legs (Phalangida)
One of God's Little Folk

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"And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.  
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day" (Genesis 1:31)

- God's Little Folk -
Daddy Long-Legs (Phalangida)

On the sixth day of creation, God made them, and us!

(Daddy Long-Legs - 01a)  This is a closer look at the injured daddy long-legs. Anatomically daddy long-legs differ from spiders because their three body segments -- head, thorax and abdomen, are joined as one compact body segment. Spiders have two body segments -- the head and thorax are joined as the cephalothorax, and the abdomen is the second body segment. Insects, which are taxonomically in the class Insecta, have three distinct body segments.  The two little black dots at the front end of the body pattern (left side in photo) are the eyes. The daddy long-legs' body supports six pairs of appendages, the chelicerae, pedipalps and four pairs of legs. The chelicerae or jaws, and the short leg-like pedipalps are used for sensing, capturing and holding food until it is eaten, and this daddy long-legs also appears to have lost 2 of them.

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