Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis 


Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered under bark, local woodland. 31st August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered under bark, local woodland.
28th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered in garden.
16th September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered in garden.
16th September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered under bark, local woodland.
31st August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered in garden.
16th September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Common Harvestman Paroligolophus agrestis

Discovered in garden.
21st September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Phalangiidae

Body length 5 mm.

This very common harvestman has medium-length legs, and has quite variable ground colouration ranging from grey, pinkish or brownish, with variable patterning. It has an inconspicuous trident, and silvery-white, smooth ocularium (structure which holds the eyes). The annulations on the legs can vary also.

Seen all year round but the adults are mainly active during the summer and late autumn/early winter months.

It feeds on small insects and other inverterbrates.

Found in various habitats including coastal dunes, grassland, woodland, hedgerow, parkland and heathland, making use of the ground layer vegetation and also the tree canopy. Possibly the most common and abundant species of harvestman in the British Isles, and widespread throughout. A native species.

Recorded and accepted via iRecord.