Dicranopalpus ramosus

Dicranopalpus ramosus - female

I came across this extraordinary species of harvestman on walks through my local wood. It has notably forked pedipalps, and it is often found on walls and vegetation with its legs stretched out to its sides and its forked pedipalps pointing forward. The males are darker than the females. Body lengths female up to 6mm, male up to 4mm.

Dicranopalpus ramosus - female

Dicranopalpus ramosus - female

It is a fierce hunter which prays on other invertebrates.

Dicranopalpus ramosus - female

Found August to November in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Originally discovered in Morocco, Dicranopalpus ramosus spread to Europe in the early 1940s, and was reported in Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1956. It has become well established throughout Britain, reaching Scotland in 2000. It is now regarded as a frequent species.

Dicranopalpus ramosus - male

Photograph of Dicranopalpus ramosus, male and female,  taken July and August 2015, local wood , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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