Harvestmen are arachnids, just like spiders, but are in the order Opiliones. They have a fused head and body and eight, usually very long, legs. The do not produce silk and stalk their prey of tiny invertebrates through the vegetation. Most mature and are readily seen in the Autumn, hence the name 'harvest'.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

Leicestershire Harvestmen - Jon Daws

Other Useful Websites and Publications


Harvestmen of Nottinghamshire - excellent photos and descriptions. Particularly useful as it is our neighbouring county with similar species.

The Harvestmen and Spider Recording Website has information, distribution maps and some images of UK species.


Harvestmen of the British Isles - one of the fold-out charts produced by the Field Studies Council - excellent value.

Harvestmen (Synopsis of the British Fauna) - though pricey (£29) this is THE book to get if you are serious about this group.

De Nederlandse Hooiwagons - though in Dutch, it has excellent illustrations and a free translation is available.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know: info@naturespot.co.uk

Recording Schemes

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Visit our County Recorders page to find out who is the CR in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).