Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Insects, Spiders & Other Category) - Order - Opiliones - Harvestmen

This challenge closed over 5 years ago.

The Challenge

The 6th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of HARVESTMEN.

Interesting Facts

> As of 2006, over 6,400 species of harvestmen have been discovered worldwide.

> Although they belong to the class of arachnids, harvestmen are not spiders.

> The difference between harvestmen and spiders is that in harvestmen the two main body sections (the abdomen with ten segments and cephalothorax, or prosoma and opisthosoma) are broadly joined, so that they appear to be one oval structure; they also have no venom or silk glands.

> The feeding apparatus (stomotheca) differs from other arachnids in that ingestion is not restricted to liquid, but chunks of food can be taken in.

> They have a single pair of eyes in the middle of their heads, oriented sideways. However, there are eyeless species, such as the Brazilian Caecobunus termitarum (Grassatores) from termite nests, Giupponia chagasi (Gonyleptidae) from caves, and all species of Guasiniidae.

> The legs continue to twitch after they are detached. While some harvestman’s legs will twitch for a minute, other kinds have been recorded to twitch for up to an hour. The twitching has been hypothesized as a means to keep the attention of a predator while the harvestman escapes.

> To deal with predators such as birds, mammals, amphibians and spiders, some species glue debris onto their body, while many play dead when disturbed.

> Harvestmen are very old arachnids. Fossils from the Devonian Rhynie chert, 410 million years ago, already show characteristics like tracheae and sexual organs, proving that the group has lived on land since that time.

Information taken from Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information


Cover Image: Harvestman grooming by Kane Slater


The Top Ten

HarvestMan by AnnDixon

HarvestMan by AnnDixon was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 7 votes.

  • I've Got Long Legs by paintingsheep
  • Daddylonglegs (Harvestman) by Michael L Dye
  • just a little buggy by katpartridge
  • A Harvestman inspecting the harvest! by Tracy Wazny

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