The Bitter Daddy Long Legs

Why would anyone be afraid of this?

Why would anyone be afraid of this?

Shark week just started and for some reason people are fascinated.  Might be that they love Sharknado with all in terrifying special effects or the fact that they want to see someone get swallowed by a shark, or that the summer sun has finally gotten to them and they just can’t think straight anymore.  Sharks may be terrifying to some people, but there is an easy way to avoid them.  Swim in a pool or don’t swim in the ocean.  Pretty simple.  But what about spiders? They are way smaller, they have way tinier teeth and a simple movement of the shoe and the screaming dies.  Is it because spiders are smaller and can somehow make it inside the house? Is it because spiders, while much smaller than sharks can still kill a human with its venom? Not sure, but for some reason, if you ask a room full of people what they are afraid of at least one is going to mention spiders.  I don’t know about you, but if someone was willing to burn down their house just to get rid of a few spiders, there is definitely some irrational fear going on with the spiders.


That was a close one.

The black widow spider, the American House spider, the Brown Recluse Spider, they are all scary spiders that may frighten people.  But what about the Daddy Long Legs?  Talk about the spider that gets no respect.  Why when someone sees one of those are they not cowering in fear? What did the Daddy Long Legs ever do that was so non lethal that you aren’t running out of the house in fear?  Calling your local exterminator to kill them before you can ever take a shower again.  I swear the Daddy Long Legs get no respect.  They are the Dolphins of the Shark World.  The MC Hammer of the Rap World.  The Rodney Dangerfield of Comedy.  The Ben’s Bitter Blog of WordPress.

What did the Daddy Long Legs ever do to earn your disdain? Your lack of fright? Your non burning down the house of respect? You meh of terror? If I were a Daddy Long Legs, I would be pretty bitter that while all my brother spiders scare the living crap out of people, I walk around with my long lean legs, that stick out like a sore index finger telling the world, “Don’t fear me! I’m non poisonous! I walk slowly! I am so easily squished, but why would you even bother?”  There is also the fact that while other spiders are terrifying because they are mother like spiders protecting their children, I’m just the daddy, wearing the stained tank top, watching sports all day, and eating brats(not bratty kids, sicko, bratwursts).  I guess I can see why no one is afraid of the daddy long legs, but they are still bitter!

So, why are you not afraid of the Daddy Long Legs?  Why do they get so little respect?


Bitter Long Legged Ben


49 thoughts on “The Bitter Daddy Long Legs

  1. “Thanks” for posting this gif, it will now haunt me forever!! I have a spider phobia and any spider causes me to scream, freak out, run away, climb on furniture, etc. It’s completely irrational. Oh, how I hate these long disgusting legs. I once cancelled a booked and confirmed trip to Oz, because I googled “spiders australia” and saw a picture of a huntsman sitting on the toilet roll holder. That did it for me!! Love your blog btw 🙂


    • I’m sure glad that I could perpetuate your love of spiders. I’m sure that the prank in the gifs wouldn’t have made you hate the person doing it all. I’m guessing you would be the type to burn down the house in order to rid the house of one spider?


        • We did, back in Germany that was! I’m in Ireland now living in an apartment block and honestly, I haven’t even seen a fly, mosquito or a spider in two years. It’s too cold for them I think. It’s too cold for me, too, but hey we all have to make sacrifices! 🙂


        • Seattle is about the same almost all year, between 40-60 and cloudy and rainy. Summer only happen for about 4-6 weeks here and the spiders love coming inside to visit. Unfortunately, mice love it here too. I found a huge rat on my grill and screamed like a little girl. Gave me the heebeejeebees.


        • 40-60 sounds brilliant, well in Celsius at least 😉 I don’t mind rats so much but one on your grill is like the stuff out of nightmares!! Heard good things about Seattle though, always wanted to visit one day 🙂


        • You shouldn’t have heard good things about Seattle. It is pretty much like Ireland, raining, cold and depressing. Don’t let the few months of the year when we get a peek at rain fool you.


        • Haha, so bitter! I love it! That’s what I keep telling people about Ireland. “Don’t be fooled by the green, it’s green for a reason!”. So which region in the US would you fully recommend then? Sorry this is trailing off into travel advice but I’m curious 🙂


        • Weirdly, I’ve heard that Charleston, SC is a great place to go. California has all kinds of different types of places, LA, San Diego, San Francisco. Portland, Oregon is a slightly sunnier Seattle; Austin, TX is a fun, eclectic type of city. I haven’t been everywhere but those are a few fun places I’ve heard of.


  2. Daddy Long Leggs or DLL might not command much respect in the fear department but he’s got some tricks up his sleeve. He can vibrate rapidly and ‘blur’ his speed so prey has a hard time focusing on him. He also invades the webs of other spiders and steals their prey and eggs. He’s a conniving little devil. There’s more to DLL than just ‘the daddy, wearing the stained tank top, watching sports all day, and eating brats(not bratty kids, sicko, bratwursts)’. While the recluse and black widow are shooting down the place, he’s quietly taking over the world. And if he gets ANYWHERE near me I’ll stomp him DEAD. I hate spiders.


  3. Wait… people aren’t afraid of Daddy Long Legs? I abhor them! They are so easily fling-able and my friends (or I guess maybe they are my enemies) know this. But seriously… maybe it’s their name: “Daddy” gives the impression that they are big lovable softies. But I still hate them. And all spiders frankly.


  4. I have loved Daddy Long Leg spiders since I was a child. Anyone who hurts one is just cruel. I try to leave other spiders alone because they do a better job of killing annoying bugs than I would, but they do give me some creeps when unexpected!


    • So the long legs make it worse? But in the end wouldn’t you take a daddy long legs that would just run fast, over a recluse spider bite that would cause you to swell up like a balloon all over your body? Just sayin’.


  5. Ugh… I have been cleaning my barn all afternoon and have seen no end of spiders of varying kinds. You are right – the daddy long legs isn’t too scary. On the other hand, those little suckers can spin a web quicker than I can hoover them out of the corners. Such a little body – SO MUCH WEB. They are the tardis of spiders. Inside those spinerettes are 3 cubic tons of liquid web just waiting to decorate my house/barn/garage the instant I turn my back. Maybe it’s the brats…


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