Megabunus diadema


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

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


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

UK Map