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Horrified Woman Finds Huge Daddy Long Legs In Her House

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Horrified Woman Finds Huge Daddy Long Legs In Her House

There are many people in this world that would do exactly what one woman did when she spotted a huge spider-like creature in her home: froze.

The long-legged animal - which is part of the arachnid family - was seen on 14 October and here it is:

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

The woman, who has remained anonymous, spotted the bizarre-looking creature on the wall in her home in Cambridge.

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Known as a 'harvestman', the animal is a type of arachnid similar to a spider, although unable to spin a web - good job because it'd be the size of the entire living room.

The creature measured an impressive seven inches across.

Stock image of a daddy-long-legs. Credit: blickwinkel/Alamy Stock Photo
Stock image of a daddy-long-legs. Credit: blickwinkel/Alamy Stock Photo

The woman explained: "When I saw it, I froze. I was worried it might jump at me or move quickly.

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"It made me feel itchy and a little bit disgusted."

Maybe after some time to reflect, she had a slight change of heart, adding: "I actually think it's a pretty cool creature, but I definitely wouldn't like to see one in my house again!"

Hopefully the woman didn't kill the harvestman (or daddy longlegs) because a spider expert has revealed that they're 'harmless' and actually kind of useful.

The animal, which is classed as a type of 'crane fly' is a wall jumping insect which is useful for getting rid of spiders, aphids, dead insects, fungus, bird droppings, worms and snails.

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Stock image. Credit: Carl Morrow/Alamy Stock Photo
Stock image. Credit: Carl Morrow/Alamy Stock Photo
Stock image. Credit: Malcolm Schuyl/Alamy Stock Photo
Stock image. Credit: Malcolm Schuyl/Alamy Stock Photo

Karl Curtis is the director of reserves and community engagement at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and, according to Mirror, he said: "They are out this time of year because basically, they are hatching out of our lawns and various places.

"They live a lot of their lives underground as a grub, as a larva, and then what they do is they hatch out over the summer.

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"Probably now is the last throw of the dice, and what they do is they come out and looking to mate, lay eggs back into vegetation and then they die off."

He added: "They often get confused with spiders but they're not, they're flies, they're a really good food source for birds.

"They're really important to play their part so people should let them out their windows and not kill them."

Easier said than done, Karl.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Spider, Community, Animals

Rebecca Shepherd
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