Location: Piedmont region of north carolina, suburban cary
June 18, 2011 12:08 pm
I found this digging up a boxwood bush in front of my house. The soil was a combination of soil with decaying leaves intermixed with areas of clay. The animal does not appear to have a distinct head but I do not have appropriate magnification.
Though it looks like a Spider, this is actually an arachnid from a different order, Opiliones, the group that contains Harvestmen, many of which are called Daddy Long Legs. We believe we have identified your individual as Vonones ornata based on images posted to BugGuide. As you observed, BugGuide notes that Opiliones are: “Easily separated from spiders by the broad fusion of the two body segments, so that the body appears to be composed of a singular segment.” Opiliones are not venomous.