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Harvestmen and Spiders both belong to the same class: Arachnida
An other well known order in the class Arachnida
are the Scorpiones (scorpions).
Although our closed up harvestman looks very dangerous, it is quite harmless:
None of the known species of harvestmen have venom glands; their chelicerae are not hollowed fangs but grasping claws that are typically very small and definitely not strong enough to break human skin. (source: wikipedia)
The spider, down left, lives in the garden, not far from Harvestman. It is very common and listens to the name Araneus diadematus. or Garden Spider. This one is a juvenile and much less robust than when an adult.
The spider, down right, was quite frightening, due to its size. We call it a house spider, but in America it’s known as the barn funnel weaver. And at Wikipedia they call it Tegenaria Domestica. This one measured a full 7cm occupied diameter including the legs (3 inch) and a body almost 1 inch long. After I photographed it, I never saw it again. However, I noticed its father 3 days later, with at least 10 cm or 4 inch of occupied diameter.
To protect the animal from abuse and and my ears from screaming children, I caught the latter with a cut down soda bottle and gently brought it outside to be put on the roof of a barn.