Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Opiliones (Harvestmen)
Species Paroligolophus agrestis (Meade, 1855)
Body length 5 mm.
A very common harvestman which 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.
Discovered in back garden, South Staffordshire. © Peter Hillman.
Species recorded and verified via iRecord.