a harvestman


Name: a harvestman

Scientific name: Opiliones

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: Harvestmen are arachnids, related to spiders and scorpions. About 25 species live in Britain. They are predators, eating smaller invertebrates. They can be found in leaf litter in many habitats.

How to identify: As a group, Harvestmen are easy to identify. They have 8 very long legs and a small, round body without a 'waist'.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 60
  • Agility: 80
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 20
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: Unlike spiders, harvestmen don't spin silk and don't produce venom.

Photograph credit: Richard Bowler

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