Leiobunum rotundum (female)

Leiobunum rotundum

The females of this harvestmen are quite distinctive with a dark median dorsal band and black-ringed eyes. The male lacks the dark banding, but both sexes have a brownish-reddish ground colour. The legs are extraordinarily long. They can grow up to 7mm long in body length.

A nocturnal hunter, feeding on various insects, other invertebrates and some carrion.

Seen mainly in autumn. Found in woods, scrub and gardens. One of the commonest and widespread species , but less so further north  in Scotland.

Photograph of Leiobunum rotundum, taken August 2015, rear garden , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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