Harvestmen

Opiliones

About

Harvestmen are a common and widespread group of long-legged invertebrates and about 25 species live in the UK. They are arachnids and, as such, are related to spiders and scorpions. They are predators, eating smaller invertebrates which they catch using hooks at the ends of their legs. Harvestmen can be found in leaf litter, amongst foliage and in grass in many habitats, and often come into houses.

How to identify

As a group, harvestmen are easy to identify: they have eight very long, spindly legs and a small, round body without a 'waist'.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • Novermber
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

You can encourage minibeasts into your garden by providing logs, stone piles and compost heaps for them to hide, feed and breed in, along with flowers and nettle patches. In turn, other species will be attracted to the garden, as minibeasts are a food source for many animals, including mammals, birds and amphibians, providing a vital link in the food chain. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Harvestmen
Latin name
Opiliones
Category
Invertebrates
Spiders
Statistics
Body length: up to 8mm Leg length: up to 5cm
Conservation status
Common.