Harvestman with spiky crown

16th April 2012, Monday

Megabunus diadema
I found this young opilione (harvestman) last week in the local Malthouse Wood, Peasmarsh, crawling down a silver birch. Apart from the excellent camouflage against the tree, it was only luck I saw it whilst looking at something else, when I got to load the picture onto my computer I noticed the spiky crown. It could be Megabunus diadema – on the web it has a description given as ‘Its prominent pair of eyes is equipped with a spiny “crown”‘. For a close up
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