Quick facts

Common nameharvestman

Scientific name: Leiobunum rotundum

Family: Sclerosomatidae

Habitat: woodland, gardens, rural areas

Diet: small insects, fruit, fungi

Predators: birds, reptiles, amphibians

Origin: native

What do harvestmen look like?

The harvestman has a small, rounded body with long spindly legs. Its head and body are fused together and are light chestnut in colour. Females are larger than males and juveniles look like smaller versions of adult harvestmen.

Size: 5cm including legs.

Harvestman eating a fly

Credit: Ian Redding / Alamy Stock Photo

What do harvestmen eat?

They feed on a wide variety of small invertebrates, as well as whatever they can find - including fruit and fungi.

Did you know?

Harvestmen are one of a many species popularly referred to as ‘daddy long legs’.

How do harvestmen breed?

Harvestmen become sexually mature in July. Eggs are usually laid during the autumn, hatching the following spring.

Harvestman underneath Trametes hirsuta fungus

Credit: M & J Bloomfield / Alamy Stock Photo

Where do harvestmen live?

Harvestment are widespread throughout the UK but most frequent in southern areas. They favour woodland, grassland and rural areas.

Signs and spotting tips

Look out for harvestmen in wet environments on tree trunks and leaf litter during the autumn months. They are nocturnal and can be seen hunting at night, near bright outdoor lights where their prey is often found.

Threats and conservation

The harvestman is widespread and is not currently considered under threat.