British Wildlife 21.2 December 2009

Through a naturalist’s eyes

"Occasionally, when I am weeding or otherwise occupied with my face close to the ground, I disturb an animal whose eight legs are absurdly long for the tiny body slung between them.It is a harvestman, an animal so flimsy that it is a miracle it does not fall apart. As long ago as 1658, Robert Hooke remarked that 'an hundred and fifty times the strength of a man would not keep the body from falling on the breast' (if his legs were of similar proportional length to a harvestman's)."

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