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.

Dolomedes raptor
Dolomedes raptor Pisauridae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Found in forests and grasslands from flatlands to mountains and also in cliffs and paddy fields. Adults female are large in size for spiders native to Japan and body color is bluish dark brown. The tip of abdomen is slightly bright brown with regularly placed white spots. Walk around and hunt insects without building web. Ambush on ground or plants and catch prey as they approaches. Female wrap eggs in round-shaped egg sacs weaved with her threads and carry them around under her abdomen.

●Length Female about 22 to 27 mm / Male about 12 to 15 mm
●Adults Flight Season  June to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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