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    • What kind of food does the Phalangium opilio eat?

      • Phalangium opilio is known to feed on Helicoverpa zea eggs, and thus can act as biological pest control for soybean crops. The species is nocturnal, as is typical of opilionids. Females have a body length of 6–9 mm ( 1⁄4 – 3⁄8 in), males are slightly smaller at 4–7 mm ( 3⁄16 – 1⁄4 in).
  1. Phalangium opilio. (Arachnida: Opiliones, Phalangiidae) Harvestman, Daddy longlegs, Harvest spider. by Mark Schmaedick, Land Grant Program, American Samoa Community College, Pago Pago, AS. Of the many species of harvestmen known, P. opilio tends to be the most common in relatively disturbed habitats such as most crops in temperate regions.

  2. Phalangium opilio are more than just prey for insectivorous species, they also provide great pest control for gardens, crops, and residential landscapes. While harvestmen species alone cannot control pest populations, their broad and pest-filled diets help contribute to biological control and keep pest’s from overtaking local plant life.

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  4. Nov 21, 2019 · Help Invasive Species Compendium ... Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide. ... Phalangium opilio (daddy longlegs)

  5. Life spans of up to 7 years have been reported. IV.C.1.b. Eupnoi. This group contains two superfamilies, including the classic daddy long legs (Phalangioidea: Phalangiidae, Sclerosomatidae, Megalopsalididae, and Neopilionidae) of soft-bodied, long-legged harvestmen. Phalangium opilio is common around buildings and introduced throughout the world.

  6. A common harvestman is a species of arachnid, meaning it's closely related to scorpions, spiders and mites. They're often misidentified as spiders because of their eight spindly spider-like legs. They can be distinguished from spiders by the round, fused body region. Likewise, spiders possess four pairs of eyes, whereas harvesters possess only one.

  7. Phalangium opilio is normally an univoltine species and overwinters as eggs. Eggs are laid in moist areas and hatch in three- five months. The immatures undergo several molts and reach maturity in two-three months.

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