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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?

  • Shtnly

    This is simply awesome! 10-points.

  • elevown

    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.

  • Wess

    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

      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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  • Bryan

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

  • Vallam

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

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  • Phil

    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

      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

  • jDelaney

    Havestmen aren’t spiders.

  • jDelaney

    Harvestmen aren’t spiders.

  • Matt

    That is truly amazing !!

  • Tom

    who cares geeks, just enjoy the picture.

  • http://aqfl.net Ant

    Bah, they should be ants! :P

  • http://thepressingpen.wordpress.com Salmon

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

  • JamieG81

    ***AMAZING JOB!***

  • Dave

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

  • http://msn.com Jenna

    YOU DID AW3$OM3!!!!!

  • Jordan

    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.