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    • What kind of habitat does Phalangium opilio live in?

      • It is found in a wide range of habitats, including meadows, bogs, forests, and various types of anthropogenic habitats, such as gardens, fields, hedgerows, lawns, quarries, green places in built-up areas, walls and bridges. Phalangium opilio is known to feed on Helicoverpa zea eggs, and thus can act as biological pest control for soybean crops.
  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. 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.

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  4. 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.

  5. Phalangium opilio is the most widespread and one of the most common harvestman species in anthropogenic environments. A preliminary field experiment was carried out in Slovenia testing its preferences for different substrates.

    • T. Novak, V. Klokočovnik, S. L. Delakorda, D. Devetak, F. Janžekovič
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    • 2009
  6. Distribution in Colorado: The introduced species Phalangium opilio appears to now be widely distributed in the state and is common in yards and gardens. Some Leiobonum spp. also are widely distributed. The native species are primarily associated with wooded areas. Life History and Habits: The common daddylonglegs that occur in Colorado are

  7. Phalangium opilio Linnaeus, 1758 is a widespread species of Eupnoi. It is the first species of Opiliones described. • Phalangium opilio Linnaeus 1758: 618 . • Phalangium cornutum Linnaeus 1767 : 1028 [junior subjective synonym of Phalangium opilio Linnaeus, 1758 by Latreille (1798: 114), reaffirmed by Latreille (1804: 321) and many other authors, but with many subsequent inversions of ...