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By on October 4, 2012, with 21 Comments

There’s a great chance you’ve already seen this somewhere, but it would be a shame if we missed covering the newest illusion featuring spiders! Science artist Marlin Peterson recently created astonishing 3d chalk drawing (trompe l’oeil painting) of harvestmen spiders. These daddy longlegs, as some like to call them were painted atop the Seattle Center Armory, which is located right underneath Seattle’s Space Needle. I’m just curious will these be visible on Google Maps, once they update their satellite imagery?

Spiders On a Roof
Spiders On a Roof
Spiders On a Roof


21 Responses
  1. Shtnly says:

    This is simply awesome! 10-points.

  2. elevown says:

    Cool pic :) But to correct you on one thing, while they are Arachnids, harvestmen are order Opiliones, not spiders, which are members of the order Araneae.

  3. Wess says:

    Vurdlac, those are not spiders. Daddy long legs (harvestmen) are in the order Opiliones; therefore they are not spiders, which are members of the order Araneae.

    • Walter Schuit says:

      To increase the confusion: daddy longlegs are not harvestmen, but spiders of the order Pholcidae. The animals shown are harvestmen or opiliones.

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  5. Bryan says:

    dang it, I was in Seattle last week. didn’t get to the needle until night.

  6. Vallam says:

    Harvestman aren’t spiders, but another order of arachnids, known as Opiliones.

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  9. Phil says:

    Those aren’t daddy long legs, daddy long legs have wings don’t they?

    Nice illusion though, even if only helicopters can see it…

    • Corie says:

      You’re probably thinking of what we call ‘Mosquito Hawks’ or ‘Crane Flies’ not to be confused with the other similar insect called a ‘Crane Fly’ as well.
      And these arachnids painted here are called daddy longlegs here and aren’t spiders, but there is a spider species also called a ‘harvestman’ or ‘daddy longlegs’.
      That’s the problem with common names for species, names of things change depending on where you live. ;P

  10. jDelaney says:

    Havestmen aren’t spiders.

  11. jDelaney says:

    Harvestmen aren’t spiders.

  12. Matt says:

    That is truly amazing !!

  13. Tom says:

    who cares geeks, just enjoy the picture.

  14. Ant says:

    Bah, they should be ants! :P

  15. Salmon says:

    Those totally freaked out my 5 year old when we went to the Space Needle last month! They are very cool!

  16. JamieG81 says:

    ***AMAZING JOB!***

  17. Dave says:

    Complete with shadows, no less! very skilled. Hope he didn’t cheat with an enlarged template or similar.

  18. Jenna says:

    YOU DID AW3$OM3!!!!!

  19. Jordan says:

    OMG! I live in seattle and have been atop the space needle, but thought those were just models. I think it’s just amazing to draw attention like that.

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