Key information

The harvestman is very distinctive with a round, compact body and extremely long legs.

Although it looks like a long-legged spider, it isn’t one. It is one of the Opilones, a group of arachnids closely related to spiders. Unlike the spiders, it has no silk glands so is not able to spin a web. It does not have fangs and does not produce venom.

It catches its insect prey by using hooks on the ends of its legs. These arachnids defend themselves by secreting a foul-smelling fluid. If they are caught, they are able to shed a leg to escape.

What they eat:

Small insects, snails and worms. 


Up to 30mm

Identifying features:

Natural habitats: Compost heap Fence/wall Flower border Hedge Herb garden Lawn/grassy area Log pile Meadow area Patio Shed Shrub Woodland area

Where and when to see them

You can see these throughout the garden, and sometimes in the house. 

Usually in the autumn.

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  • sep
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  • nov
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