On the attached photo you'll be able to see a lovely Lichen example (what I was taking a photo of actually). However, some horrible creature invaded my shot. I didn't actually spot the thing untill I was reviewing my photos so I didn't get a chance to actually look at it.
It seems to have 2 eyes and only one body segment. 8 legs and 2 front feelers and what appears to be fangs (this part seems pretty spidery to me).
It was taken in Threve Garden in Dumfries and Galloway on a very cold but sunny winters day. The Lichen is about 7cm in diameter.
I haven't really got any idea where to start with researching what it is so ive turned to the experts.
Has anyone any idea?
It's a harvestman, & I believe a Leiobunum species, & Uk has 3 species but Leiobunum rotundum seems to have black legs, so that'd leave L. blackwalli & L. tisciae
Yes, a harvestman (which are arachnids but not spiders) but it's Dicranopalpus ramosus. The posture with very straight legs and the large forked palps are characteristic.
Thank you so much for this. I've learned something. Previously I saw a harvestman as a ball with long legs but they are much more facinating than I had thought. Thank you.
It may be of interest that this species, according to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicranopalpus_ramosus ,was originally from Morocco,reached Bournemouth in 1957, & Scotland in 2000.