Arachnids

By: Arissa Mathews

What is Arachind?

Arachnids are spiders , harvestmen , mites and ticks , and their relatives like scorpions that don't live in Michigan. All arachnids eight legs, and unlike insects, they don't have antennae. The bodies of arachnids are divided into two sections, the cephalothorax in front and the abdomen behind.

Scorpions

Scorpions have a segmented curved tail tipped with a venomous stinger at the rear of the body and a pair of grasping pincers at the front. Although scorpions are most common and diverse in deserts, they also live in many other habitats. Primarily nocturnal, scorpions often play the role of evildoers in fables and legends. Greek respect for scorpions prompted the naming of the constellation Scorpius a sign of the zodiac.

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs are known for their extremely long and thin legs and for their compact bodies. Daddy long legs are closely related to scorpion but, because of their appearance, are often mistaken as spiders. However, unlike true spiders, in which the body is divided into two distinct segments (the cephalothorax and the abdomen), daddy long legs look as though they have only one segment, because of a broad fusion that makes the juncture between the two segments almost indiscernible.
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Ticks

Ticks are important parasites of large wild and domestic animals and are also significant as carriers of serious diseases. Although no species is primarily a human parasite, some occasionally attack humans.
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Which One Is the Tick?

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