Although these two Harvestmen (possibly Leiobunum vittatum) appear to be engaged in a desperate life-or-death struggle, they are actually mating. The larger of the two is the female and the smaller, red-hued individual is the male. These two were photographed on a park bench at the River Overlook near the end of the Buckeye Trail in Dallas’s Great Trinity Forest.

Harvestman - Long Legs
Harvestman - Long Legs
Harvestman - Long Legs
Harvestman - Long Legs
Harvestman - Long Legs
Harvestman - Long Legs
Harvestman - Long Legs

Observation Details

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CityDallas
DateDec 8, 2012
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherOvercast
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorMating
GenderMixed
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson