Daddy (and Mummy) Longlegs – crane fly

Taken through the kitchen window this morning… crane flies, commonly known as Daddy Longlegs.

And while on the subject of legs I've devised a personal size guide for spiders: tiny, medium, size of a kitten (large), and size of a small dog (larger, and you can hear its footfall). This one was the size of a small dog (leg span well over 2 inches, body length well over half an inch). Technical name: Tegenaria gigantea; common name 'House spider'; common reaction… :yikes:

No update yet on Cheeky. I'll have to check the trail cam footage in the morning to see how she's getting on.
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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 40D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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12 Comments

  1. Words September 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Thanks Erwin. It was convenient that they were on a window 😉

  2. gdare September 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    "(leg span well over 2 inches, body length well over half an inch)"

    This is a big one :eyes:

  3. Words September 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Darko, yes. It was big. Very big!

  4. Flying Red Fox Blog September 30, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    Theres so many of them around, mostly around September for some reason, i guess thats why they are nicknamed Autumn Flies sometimes hehe. 😛

    I think those 2 are mating? I disturbed a couple the other day and they flew off still attached lol! 😆

  5. Words September 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Mark, yes those two are mating. Loads of them around at the moment, so yes 'autumn flies' sounds a good name.

  6. Mickeyjoe-Irl October 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Originally posted by Words:

    I've devised a personal size guide for spiders

    Mine goes:

    • Ick :yuck:
    • Ugh :eyes:
    • Bloody hell :yikes:
    • Run!! :no:
  7. SittingFox October 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    @Mickeyjoe – 😆

    If I ever go back to Kenya, I'm definitely getting photos of the palm spiders. With my 700mm lens, admittedly 😉 :bug:

    That is quite a monster!

  8. Words October 2, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Mick, that's a reasonable useful guide 😉 My other measure is 'fine' (fits into a glass for conveying outside), and 'oh heck' (doesn't fit into a glass unless I can persuade it to tuck its legs in).

  9. Words October 2, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Adele, the variety of shapes and sizes with spiders is quite astonishing, but this one was a real beauty!

  10. Ukwildlife October 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Nice macros!

  11. Words October 4, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Neil, thanks!

  12. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    The first Photo Is a great shot :up: