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The creature appears to have a green body with 5 legs of the same size, and one longer than the rest. It moved this long leg around, and it looked like it was using it to sense it’s surroundings.

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like a harvestman (daddy long legs). What size was it? You can try identifying it with the tool here: harvestmen.fscbiodiversity.uk The image isn't clear enough for me to try. $\endgroup$ – terdon Sep 20 at 14:08
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That looks like what I would call a "daddy long legs", also known as harvestmen. These are arachnids of the order Opilones. There are some 30 species of harvestmen found in the UK. The webpage https://harvestmen.fscbiodiversity.uk/ has a very useful identification tool and based on it, I believe your photograph shows a Leiobunum sp. A:

leiobunum on a human hand

Please visit the site itself for more details as it doesn't allow copying.

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  • $\begingroup$ Great ID resource! Bookmarked it for later use. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Sep 20 at 18:30
  • $\begingroup$ It's my understanding that crane flies are called "daddy long-legs" in the UK. So using that name for a harvestman over there might cause confusion. $\endgroup$ – EldritchWarlord Sep 20 at 21:06
  • $\begingroup$ @EldritchWarlord yep, but I was raised calling them daddy long legs, and I'm not about to change that because I now live in London :) but that's why I mentioned the BrE version too. They're called harvest men there. $\endgroup$ – terdon Sep 20 at 21:16

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