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.

Oxytate striatipes
Oxytate striatipes Thomisidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Found in woods and green spaces from flatlands to mountains and also found in cities. Body color is bright green like young leaves as the Japanese name Wakaba-gumo literally meaning young leaves spiders states. Is seen from May to June when the season of young leaves. The front part of cephalothorax and the base of legs of Adults male are reddish but the entire body color for female is green. During daytime, ambush on trees or leaves and catch small insects including flies and leaf beetles. The first and second legs from the front are long and remind people of crabs when legs are spread to the sides, hence it is categorized as thomisidae, Kanigumo in Japanese literally meaning crab spiders. Most species in thomisidae have round-shaped abdomen but this species have elongated abdomen.

●Length  Female about 9 to 12 mm / Male about 7 to 11 mm
●Adults Flight Season   April to about October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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