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Eastern Daddy Long Legs?

Eastern Daddy Long Legs?
Lyons, Cook County, Illinois, USA
June 7, 2010
Size: 4-5 mm
Is this a juvenile Eastern Daddy Long Legs feasting on what appears to be a Drone Fly? The pattern / coloration on the Daddy Long Legs is one I have not seen before. Note the mite on one of the legs!

The mite is probably in the g
The mite is probably in the genus Leptus. I agree that the harvestman was almost definitely scavenging from some other predator's kill.

Moved from ID Request. Moving here for now, as it seems you are most interested in the harvestman and not the fly. We occasionally have experts that browse this area and might be able to help with the ID. Nice pic!

Did you witness more of this interaction? It seems unlikely that a harvestmen could or would kill a fly, so this would probably be scavenging and not predation.

I am sure it was scavenging...sorry for any confusion


The fly is a Stratiomyidae, g
The fly is a Stratiomyidae, genus Stratiomys... Not sure which species...

Thank you Martin!

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