We have been staying on the island for over two weeks now and I have often noticed the many Daddy Long Legs (a.k.a. Opiliones) everywhere in the park, especially on the trails. What fascinating creatures! These arachnids, often confused with the daddy long leg SPIDER (Pholcidae), actually have no venom.
I feel the tension of fear and intrigue similar to a piece by Arnaldo Morales (check out his work). I want to play with the organism but at the same time I feel a somewhat instinctive fear that the arachnid may hurt me!
Anyway, for a few hours today, my friends and I counted how many we saw as we had a picnic and walked the trails. We encountered 121 live Daddys. However, we saw the remains of many squished ones…I wonder how many people step on without even noticing them….
I wonder how many microorganisms we kill without noticing….