This is another new species for the garden, and they all appear to like my shed wall for some reason. This is a lovely female. A long-legged harvestman with an indistinct and variable light gray or brown body pattern. The saddle has one or two restrictions along its length giving it a waisted, or double-waisted… Read More Phalangium opilio
This caused some excitement the other day in the Harvestmen group I am a part of. Note that the ‘A’ at the end in the title is not a typo, but is there because scientists have yet to name it! It was first discovered in Europe in the Netherlands back in 2004, and then in… Read More Leiobunum sp. A
Odiellus spinosus – Its been a good year for harvestmen, and I have seen quite a few different species around, but I haven’t seen this one in the garden for some years now. This one has 3 distinct horns of similar length which, together, is called a ‘trident’, and has a dark oulined ‘saddle’ on… Read More Autumn Is A Time For Harvestmen
Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis – This was quite something to see, a tiny springtail, Deuterosminthurus pallipes, hitching a ride on the back of a harvestman.
Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. This one was all stretched out on my shed wall waiting for a snack to land in its lap. It was a crafty devil as it made its place near a light source waiting for night fliers which might be attracted to it. This is not a spider, but a harvesmen, and… Read More All Stretched Out And Waiting
As I was preparing the garden hose for watering the garden this evening I disturbed this rather long-legged individual who was sheltering nearby. It a male Leiobunum blackwalli, a species of harvestmen. I have bought you in close to start, and will bring you back gradually over three shots, and you will see just how… Read More All Legs
Photograph of male Leiobunum rotundum, taken August 2007, rear garden , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2007. Camera used Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1.
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… Read More Leiobunum rotundum (female)
This is a fairly large harvestman with the females being larger than the males. It has a distinctive black mark along its back which terminates before the end of the abdomen and appears to be darkly outlined. A key identifying feature is the cluster of spines or horns just in front of the eyes which… Read More Odiellus spinosus