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Taken at night in Singapore forest.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opilione…
Many species are omnivorous, eating primarily small insects and all kinds of plant material and fungi; some are scavengers, feeding upon dead organisms, bird dung and other fecal material. This broad range is quite unusual in arachnids, which are usually pure predators. Most hunting harvestmen ambush their prey, although active hunting is also found. Because their eyes cannot form images, they use their second pair of legs as antennae to explore their environment. Unlike most other arachnids, harvestmen do not have a sucking stomach or a filtering mechanism. Rather, they ingest small particles of their food, thus making them vulnerable to internal parasites such as gregarines.[2]

Although parthenogenetic species do occur, most harvestmen reproduce sexually. Mating involves direct copulation, rather than the deposition of a spermatophore. The males of some species offer a secretion from their chelicerae to the female before copulation. Sometimes the male guards the female after copulation and, in many species, the males defend territories. The females lay eggs shortly after mating or anytime up to several months later. Some species build nests for this purpose. A unique feature of harvestmen is that in some species the male is solely responsible for guarding the eggs resulting from multiple partners, often against egg-eating females, and subjecting the eggs to regular cleaning. Depending on circumstances such as temperature, the eggs may hatch at any time after the first 20 days, up to about half a year after being laid. Harvestmen pass through four to eight nymphal instars to reach maturity. Most known species have six instars.[2]

Most species are nocturnal and colored in hues of brown, although there are a number of diurnal species, some of which have vivid patterns in yellow, green and black with varied reddish and blackish mottling and reticulation.
To deal with predators such as birds, mammals, amphibians and spiders, some species glue debris onto their body, while many play dead when disturbed. Many species practice autotomy; they detach their legs, which keep on moving, to confuse predators. Especially long-legged species vibrate their body ("bobbing"), probably also to confuse predators. This is similar to the behavior of the similar looking but unrelated cellar spider, which vibrates wildly in its web when touched. Scent glands emit substances that can deter larger predators, but are also effective against ants.[2]

Many species of harvestmen easily tolerate members of their own species, with aggregations of many individuals often found at protected sites near water. These aggregations may number 200 animals in the Laniatores, but more than 70,000 in certain Eupnoi. This behavior is likely a strategy against climatic odds, but also against predators, combining the effect of scent secretions, and reducing the probability of any particular individual of being eaten.[2]

Harvestman clean their legs after eating by drawing each leg in turn through their jaws.
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TDLBallistic Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The ones in California don't look like this O_O
I... think.

If they do, jesus christ I'm glad I've never looked at them too closely.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
They should look more or less the same :) Plus minus the spikes :)
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Starry-Bat1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me a long, sad time to figure out where the face was... = u =lll

great picture
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RainbowKitten96 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Knowing I'm afraid of spiders, I'm an idiot for clicking on this deviation...What's wrong with me?
Well, luckily it was a tarantula... Fff...HATE THOSE THINGS!!!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredibly creepy!! Fantastic picture!
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draw-my-heart-on Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
this looks like a creature from a sci-fi movie! (a human sized version of this would be absolutely terrifying)

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ScaledOne Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Why do assholes arachnid haters bother to comment ? I hate puppies they are so lame and i do not bother to comment on puppy photos. Get a life dudes seriously. Awesome photo melvynyeo as always, i used to kee a pair of Metagyndes chilensis, from Chili, but they died out, one probably killed the other. I hope you will manage to identify this splendid species from Singapore. The mouth parts are very interesting, i think the big ones with silks are the pedipalpi ?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
:) I'm not sure of this particular species ID. Though they common here, not many people specialize in IDing Harvestman.
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buhobotija Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
great photo, and awesome information.
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
ekkkkk :scared: 
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Lol, that is one freaky looking daddy long legs. XD I love it. I thought it was a whip scorpion at first.
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Erathea Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist

Awesome shot, detail is beautiful! Buuuuut nonetheless...NIGHTMARE FUEL, AHOY!

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plaguedlord Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that's an awesome looking arachnid! 
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XiaolinS Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay, I am not scared of harvesters at all, but that looks so COOL.
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AnoymousGhost Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
That's a Harvestman? :screaming: My cowardice aside, Excellent shot! I'm amazed this was taken at night Meow :3 
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keenansblue Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Photographer
OH this is gorgeous!! He's kind of scary!! *I thought Harvestmen were not arachnids? They lack a segmented body and only have 2 eyes.
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logeg Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. Thanks for sharing!
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Rand0mSmil3z Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You took this picture at night? In a forest?? And took a picture of a spider that CATAPULTS itself at it's prey??? Dude, you're brave, and this shot deserves respect (for more reasons than just a beautiful shot)!!
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Digital Artist
It's a daddy long legs, not a spider, LOL. Last I checked, they don't exactly hurl themselves at people. XD It was probably utterly TERRIFIED of this huge, weird looking creature shining a light on it at a time when it was probably used to pitch blackness.
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Rand0mSmil3z Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
that is SOOOOOOOOO not a daddy long legs. Trust me, I've seen those before, and they do not look like that. Plus, read the description under the picture and it says that hurled itself at people, sooooooooooooooooooo they do.
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Digital Artist
It's a daddy long legs - just a different species than the ones you and I are used to. (Hint: Harvestman is another name for daddy long legs)

Also, where on EARTH did it say in the description that they jump out on people? o.O I saw that they sometimes vibrate in an attempt to confuse predators, but not the jumping thing. Are you certain it said that? Now I'm confused, LOL.
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Dom317 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
I love how the comments are either amazed about how beautiful the shot is or are scared to death of the actual arachnid. For me it is just another example of how awesome our own planet truly is.
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1994jonte Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
tl;dr

cool photo doe
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ThatSillyLlamaCarl Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know where these things live, but I am never going there ever in my life!
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Digital Artist
He/she said in the description; they're from Singapore.
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ThatSillyLlamaCarl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ah!
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:iconlibberachi:
Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Digital Artist
XD I don't entirely blame you for not wanting to go there. The wildlife there looks terrifying. o.o
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ThatSillyLlamaCarl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah. I have a major fear of anything that even resembles a spider. . .
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:iconlibberachi:
Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   Digital Artist
I hear that. Silverfish creep me the fuck out. D:
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ThatSillyLlamaCarl Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Haha I've seen creepier, but they are weird looking
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Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh god. o_o Creepier? I'm afraid to ask what could be creepier bug-wise than a silverfish. D:
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pumpkinlord07 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nope Nope Nope NOPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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goyenechediego Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Artist
stunning!
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willyamPax Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what I like about most of your pieces is that you put information about your subject. It is not only a beautiful shot but also a dive into a informative view in most of your subjects. That is really a brilliant way for us to learn. thanks for sharing such beautiful world in your lences.
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MohaganyEclipse Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
So we DO have aliens on our planet...:)
I really did think this was something you made up until I read the description, which was fascinating by the way. Very interesting creature!
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The-Hollster Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I love these things, they looks awesome.
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Dragonpride12 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
this terrifies me badly.....
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Spihon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Artist
That looks like it came from a horror movie

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sweetjeans Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nothing to do here! -Flies to space-
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Raptrax101 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Damn
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AmoebaGagless Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please tell me that's not real!
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:iconlibberachi:
Libberachi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Lol, it's from a forest in Singapore, what do you expect? XD
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bityjimy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Jesus H Christ... I'm having nightmares tonight.
Fantabulous photo by the way! Thumbs Up
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Ragdonly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One key missing piece of info: They do NOT hurt humans and are NOT poisnous. :S
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creecreehoneybees Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!  That one looks so cool!
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
About a foot longer and it'd be the scariest creature on Earth! ;) (Wink) 
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scott31459 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well captured.. :)
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jersalyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Aaaah, is that a real thing!
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Vengefulpadre Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well , never was terrified of daddy long legs before but now, well I'll be checking my room for them
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such an amazing shot, love it!
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