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.

Neoscona mellotteei
Neoscona mellotteei Araneidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Nansei Islands. Found in forests, green spaces and gardens from flatlands to mountains. The color of back of abdomen is yellow-green and the body shape is oval for male and round for female. A close related species neoscona scylloides which Japanese name is Satsumanomi -damashi literally meaning resembling fruits of toxicodendron succedaneum was named because the body shape resembles the fruits. For this species, the Japanese name Wakiguro-satsumanomi-damashi literally meaning sides of abdomen-black neoscona scylloides because the side of abdomen is dark brown. Build orb web between trees and plants and are active at night. Stay hidden under leaves near the web during daytime.

●Length  Female about 7 to 10 mm / Male about 6 to 8 mm
●Adults Flight Season  July to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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