Wings or no?
June 2, 2009
I came across this guy in my kitchen and immediately snapped a picture of it. I then got it in a jar and released it outdoors. The wing-like tentacles on its back moved around almost like an octopus. I’ve never seen an insect like this.
Western NC USA
Dear Curious Dude,
Those are not wings, and this is a Harvestman in the order Opiliones, but we need to seek advice on what is actually happening in this photo. We believe you have photographed the molting process, but we need confirmation on that. Harvestmen are sometimes called Daddy Long Legs.
Update from Eric Eaton
The harvestman looks like it has succumbed to a fungal attack.