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A bigger surprise than learning that longlegs are not spiders might be finding out that the males have penises. Unlike other arachnids, longlegs have organs that allow direct copulation. They mate frequently, indiscriminately, and without much ceremony, though they may touch one another with their legs.
The female lays her eggs by extending an impressively long tube called an ovipositor into a moist substrate like moss, rotten wood, or damp soil under a stone. The eggs number in the hundreds, and she'll lay several broods in her yearlong lifetime. Once the eggs are laid, the ovipositor telescopes back into her body and her motherly duties are done.
So ... did daddy longlegs surprise you?