|A fast moving
species when approached, Megabunus diadema is
perhaps the most well marked and distinctive of all our
native species. Its cryptic markings and relatively small
size (3mm body length), mean that it is often well
concealed on the trunks of lichen and moss covered trees
it is said to favour.
We looked in many Nottinghamshire woodlands
searching for this elusive Harvestman, eventually finding
it in an area of coppiced woodland at Wellow Park in 2012
and Gamston Wood near Retford in 2013. Further surveys
have proved Megabunus diadema to be easiest to
find on the smooth trunks of coppiced Ash, growing along
small wooded paths that allow some sun to come through.
There is a single Sherwood Forest record, from Sherwood
Heath SSSI (Godfrey,
A.) in 2006.