Opilio canestrinii


Opilio canestrinii female

Female on vegetation in garden. 30th September 2017. © Peter Hillman

Opilio canestrinii female

Female on vegetation in garden.
30th September 2017. © Peter Hillman

Opilio canestrinii male

Male on garage wall.
17th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Opilio canestrinii female

Female discovered in garden.
17th September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Opilio canestrinii male

Male on garage wall.
17th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Opilio canestrinii male

Male on garage wall.
17th August 2020. © Peter Hillman

Opilio canestrinii female

Female discovered in garden.
17th September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Phalangiidae

Body Length 8 mm.

A rapidy spreading invasive species, this is a long-legged harvestmen where the female is larger than the male. The male is reddish-orange in ground colour, where as the female is lighter in comparison. It rests during the day and hunts for small insects and other harvestmen at night.

Seen July to November, and found in urban environments, in gardens and around houses, and on brownfield sites and in parks.

An invasive species which colonises areas very rapidly. It is becoming more widespread and common in Britain, and may potentially displace other species as it already has in other parts of Europe. It is believed to have colonised northwestern Europe from Italy and is quickly spreading throughout Great Britain. It was first seen in October 1999 beside a reservoir in the Lea Valley, Essex.

Recorded and accepted via iRecord.