Rare harvestman discovery in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

2 eyes 8 legs Phylum Arthropoda – Arthropods /
Class Arachnida – Arachnids /
Order OpilionesHarvestmen

Harvestmen, also called Daddy Longlegs, are not spiders, but they are close relatives.

Unlike spiders, which have two main body sections, Harvestmen only have one. This one’s body is about 1/4 inch long. Harvestmen have eight legs like a spider. The Harvestman also has a little knob on its head with two eyes. They don’t possess silk glands, produce no webs, are non-venomous. They’re generally carnivorous, feeding on live invertebrate prey. Some species prefer to dine on dead animals or juices from plants, fruits and veggies.

Harvestmen release a foul-smelling odor as a defense against predators.

Translated from ARK conservationists in the Netherlands:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the Onderste Bos nature reserve in the south of Limburg province under a piece of wood the very rare harvestman Paranemastoma quadripunctatum has been found. This animal was in the forest edge in a nature reserve of ARK Natuurontwikkeling.

The weird mating habits of daddy longlegs: here.

12 thoughts on “Rare harvestman discovery in the Netherlands

  1. Oooh, no. My house is full of harvestmen. They leave invisible webs like candy floss in every corner and cupboard. They drop the husks of sucked out woodlice all over the place. We are definitely not getting on well together!


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