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.

Nephila clavata
Nephila clavata Nephilidae
Main Region: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Nansei Islands. Found in woods and green spaces from flatlands to mountains and also at residential area and parks. Female have yellow and dark blue stripe patterns on abdomen and the tip of abdomen for adults become red. Male is a lot smaller than female and body color is red-brown. With the prominent female body color and the image from the name, it looks like they are poisonous but are not and does not cause damage to human body. Build orb webs between branches. Sometimes the gap between these trees are wide and also spin webs to front and back of the web which one may walk through without noticing. Only female adults build web, thus male visit the web and sometimes some spiders live on the same webs.

●Length  Female about 20 to 30 mm / Male about 6 to 10 mm
●Adults Flight Season  September to about November
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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