A harvestman spider like insect being viewed in a jar while its randy mate looks on.
The Scottish Word:


Jings yir an awfie lankie leggit golach ahn they look gey bruckle tae me.

Yir wee pal on ma shouder’s worried aboot ye but dinni be feart.

Ahll mak sure ye leave shankit the wey ye came.

I jist love Opilions ye wee crazy craiters ye. Jist look at ma tats.


bruckle: easily broken, brittle.

Goodness you are an awful long legged insect and they look rather brittle to me.

You’re small friend on my shoulder is worried about you but be not afraid.

I will make sure you leave with all the legs you came with.

I just love Opilions you little crazy creatures you. Just look at my tattoos.

The Scottish Word: bruckle with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.


Opilions (Harvestmen) are not spiders despite having eight legs. They have one pair of eyes whereas spiders can have three to six pairs.

They are delicate, they do not bite and they are not poisonous. They eat insects. Including spiders.

Harvestmen have been around much much longer than us.

Harvestmen fossils, which look respectably modern, have been found in Chert 410 million years old near Rhynie in Scotland.

Read the short American article here about their modern habits.

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