Why You Shouldn’t Hurt Daddy Long Legs: Expert’s Explanation


Seeing bugs in our homes usually sends many of us on a swatting frenzy. However, there's one leggy creature you might want to spare: the Daddy Long Legs. Karl Curtis, from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, gives us some insights on why these little guys deserve a pass.

First up, let’s clear the air. Despite their spider-like appearance, Daddy Long Legs aren't spiders at all. They're actually a type of cranefly from the Tipulidae family. And no, they don't bite or have venom. In other words, they’re totally harmless.

Why should we care about them, though? Well, they're like a snack buffet for many birds, including sparrows and robins. By letting Daddy Long Legs do their thing, we're actually supporting a healthy ecosystem. They might not steal the limelight, but they’re crucial players in nature’s big picture.

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