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.

Scolopendra subspinipes japonica
Scolopendra subspinipes japonica Scolopendridae
Main Region: Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Found in shady woods and green spaces from flatlands to mountains and also found around residential areas and sometimes come into houses. Body color is dark-green and head and trunk are almost the same color. Legs are yellow-brown to red and green towards tips. During daytime, mostly hide under the fallen trees, in soils of shady and grassy areas or under fallen leaves and rocks but sometimes rest on leaves or tips of branches. Become active at night and hunt insects including cockroaches and cricket and spiders with sharp fang. Fang is poisonous to human being and skin swell up when bit. Sometimes go under the back when placed on the ground. Female hold eggs under the trunk and protect them until the time larvae are able to hunt independently.

●Length  about 75 to 100 mm
●Adults Flight Season  July to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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