Subject: Bug found walking under leaf litter
Geographic location of the bug: South Carolina midlands
Time: 02:57 PM EDT
I found this creature in late summer when clearing a thick layer of leaf litter off the ground. It was walking oddly (it’s back legs almost bent backwards over its other legs?) and the color caught my eye. I scooped it into a glass jar and took some pics but I can’t figure out what it is no matter how much time I spend googling. It was fascinating to watch and I’d love to know what to call this little dude.
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Dear Appreciative Novice,
This is a Harvestman in the Arachnid Order Opiliones. Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident it is in the genus Vonones, but we are uncertain of the species. Harvestmen are sometimes called Daddy-Long-Legs, and though they resemble Spiders, unlike Spiders they do not have venom, so they are harmless.