Terror in the Garden


Picking beans this afternoon I stumbled on a harvestmen waiting for prey. Look at it closely, and you can see that it’s not a spider. It is in the order of arachnids known as opiliones. They are not venomous and they don’t spin webs. They have been around for 400 million years. They tend to be nocturnal and catch prey by ambushing them.

Seeing creatures like this harvestmen make me glad I’m not a small bug. Life would be one constant nightmare keeping an eye out for monsters like this to ruin a perfectly good day. After one of these has made a meal out of you, they clean their legs by pulling them through their jaws.


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