Thursday, September 28, 2006

What are daddy long-legs for?

A few days ago, I asked 'what are daddy long-legs for?'

As ever, the BBC is on the case, and they have found some terribly clever boffin to provide the answer:

They are an important source of food for creatures that eat insects, including birds and spiders, says ecology professor Guy Poppy, from the University of Southampton.

"Insect eaters will be feasting on all the daddy longlegs at this time of year, a spider web will be full of them."

The larvae also eat decaying plant material and help to recycle nutrients back into the soil.

There you go.


  1. They're also for my cat to have fun chasing and catching (and then eating after she's caught them...)

  2. There you are - not so useless after all