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.

Argiope minuta
Argiope minuta Araneidae
Main Region: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Nansei Islands. Found in woods and green spaces from flatlands to mountains. Cephalothorax and legs are brown and the back of abdomen is yellow and brown and white stripe patterns with white spots on brown parts. Is very similar to argiope amoena but the body size of this species smaller as the Japanese name Kogata-koganegumo literally meaning small argiope amoena states. The body size is about the half size of argiope amoena but this only applies for female and male is about the same size. Build an orb web between trees and makes thick thread shaped of a cross of X (sometimes this shape is incomplete). This is called stabilimentum and they place two legs per thread, which allows spiders to blend into the background. Is a timid spider. When sensing dangers, jump off from the web and hide under grass.

●Length  Female about 8 to 12 mm / Male about 4 to 5 mm
●Adults Flight Season  July to about October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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