Subject: I haven’t seen anything like this
Location: Oxfordshire, UK
November 15, 2012 8:50 am
Hello. This ”thing” has been living on my outside fence for a few months. I am baffled to what it is.
Signature: Emma Venvell


Hi Emma,
This is a Harvestman in the order Opiliones.  They are sometimes called Daddy-Long-Legs and they are often confused with spiders.  Unlike spiders, they do not have venom.  Your individual appears to be missing several legs.

Karl provides a species identification.
Hi Daniel:
It’s a very distinctive looking spider and I wonder if it isn’t another Dicranopalpus ramosus, like the one posted on WTB in 2008 by Mrs. Brind of Scotland.  If so, it is an exotic species that is well out of its natural range. Regards. Karl

Location: UK

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