Megabunus diadema

    Description

    This species of harvestman has a conspicuous 'ocularium' - a protruding structure in which its eyes are located. This ocularium also has a row of spikes over each eye - like spiked eye-lashes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It feeds amongst mosses and lichens, often in woodland. The saddle-like shape on its back provides excellent camouflage.

    When to see it

    All year round, but peaking between May and August in England.

    Life History

    Batches of about 30 eggs are deposited among leaf litter or on the soil. The larvae have an egg tooth.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    948 British records - last record 2014

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map