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.

Araneus uyemurai
Araneus uyemurai Araneidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Found in woods and green spaces from low elevations to mountains. Body color is dark brown with unique brown and white spots on the back of oval-shaped abdomen with pointed tip. Legs have white and black parts alternating. Is a part of araneus tribe inhabits in mountain areas as the Japanese name Oni-yamagumo literally meaning araneus ventricosus in mountains states. In Mt. Takao, is seen from summer to autumn around forest trails and the areas near forests. Build large orb webs between trees about 2 m width and feed on large insects like cedars. Sometimes is apart from the web and hide on the root of trees or grass under the web.

●Length  Female about 17 to 20mm / Male about 8 to 13 mm
●Adults Flight Season  June to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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