Power vs. Scale?

Daddy Long-Leg spiders keep getting themselves caught in my sink. The Lair is infested with’em this time of year.

Click for scary embiggenment.

I don’t know how true it is, but they say that pound for pound a Daddy Long-Leg is one of the most toxic creatures on the planet – if it could get enough of its poison into you you’d just flat die.

But they’re completely harmless, because their poison sacs are minuscule and anyway their fangs are so tiny they can’t pierce skin on any part of a human body.

Always seemed to me there ought to be a really good metaphor in there somewhere. But damned if I can think of it.

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4 Responses to Power vs. Scale?

  1. M says:

    A thick skin is required to survive life?

  2. Robert says:

    MythBusters managed to get Adam Savage bit and his response, IIRC, was along the line of “Ow. I think.” Not really a threat.

    In Other News, some politicians appalled and gleefully calling for “stricter gun control laws so these recent tragedies blah blah”. Sigh.

  3. lb says:

    Joel, to me that looks like a brown recluse, not a daddy long legs.

  4. bmq215 says:

    Just jumping in to say that it’s not a brown recluse. They never have patterns other than the violin nor do they have those bands on the legs.

    The term “daddy long legs” gets applied to a few things. Growing up I always heard it referring to harvestmen, which actually aren’t spiders. This is definitely a spider and certainly leggy so it seems apt to me.

    And yeah, that venom thing has been pretty well disproven regardless of what species they are but it makes a good story!

To the stake with the heretic!