Daddy Longlegs Risk Life … and Especially Limb … to Survive | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on September 10, 2020

the forest floor is a rough-and-tumble kind of place it's best to stay above it all this daddy longlegs does just that on eight flexible stilts

The end of each leg is multi-jointed it works like a rope and see the tip there's a hook there with every step he's grappling his way over the obstacles in his path perfect for off-roading even better for

Climbing this guy can handle just about anything you throw at him those front two legs are also used as feelers for what's around the next corner so really they

Only walk on six of their legs unlike spiders which daddy longlegs are not by the way their closest cousins are scorpions such precious tools require regular care and grooming but there's a downside to having these long limbs

They're easy for enemies to grab on to and for that this daddy longlegs has another solution he simply cuts his losses and walks away we did not pull that leg just the slightest grip and he'll drop

It he has a built-in mechanism to pinch it off cleanly losing only a drop of hemolymph it's called autonomy the voluntary release of a body part that loose limb can create a life-saving distraction but at a cost life without a

Leg is no cakewalk since the limbs not coming back the daddy-longlegs has to learn a new way to walk ignacio Escalante at UC Berkeley studies how daddy longlegs do this here's one that still has all eight

Legs if it drops one of them no problem Escalante calls this movement starting if it drops a second leg the daddy longlegs starts bobbing to get around lose a third and he still makes it happen don't feel too bad for him even

Down to five legs a daddy longlegs can get back to its original speed and less than a day in fact most daddy-longlegs deliberately drop a couple lakes in their lifetimes to escape certain death no big deal

They just let it go so really there are second chances in life and sometimes a third and a fourth hey there it's Lauren you know who's afraid of creepy crawly things like daddy longlegs and spiders Johansson of

It's okay to be smart pop over to his channel to see what happens when you put a tarantula on his shoulder and thanks for watching deep look

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