Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao has abundant nature with warm-temperature forests and temperate forests. There are a lot more species could be called as "treasure" inhabits other than explained in animals, insects and birds section. Spiders is one of them because they are beneficial insects and its prey is destructive insects. Over 300 species including rare ones inhabits and Mt. Takao is the mountain with the largest number of species of spiders and widely known as a paradise for spiders.

Heteropoda forcipata
Heteropoda forcipata Sparassidae
Main Region: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Sado, Tsushima and Yaku Islands. Found in forests, cliffs and caves from flatlands to mountains. Is one of the large species native to Japan. Body color is brown to dark brown with white or yellow triangular patterns towards the tip of abdomen. Eight legs have some black spots with white center. Similar heteropoda venatoria often inhabit inside of house but this species tends to stay outside. (Sometimes they are inside of house because they hunt insects that are attracted to lights.) During daytime, mostly stay in the splits on barks and shades of rocks and become active at night and hunt moths and cockroaches. Walk to various places and hunt prey without building a web.

●Length  Female about 20 to 25 mm / Male about 16 to 20 mm
●Adults Flight Season  All year
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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