Treasures of Mt. Takao

Takao 599 museum has all kinds of animals inhabit in Mt. Takao in various ways of exhibitions such as seasonal wild plants preserved in acrylic and all kinds of animals specimens inhibits in Mt. Takao. On the "NATURE WALL," stuffed animals are displayed and shows the movie to introduce the dynamic nature of Mt. Takao.

Sipalinus gigas
Sipalinus gigas Rhynchophoridae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa, Izu Islands and Tsushima.
Found in woods and forests from lowlands to mountains.
Body color is brown with some black spots but originally the base color was black and black body color appears when they live longer.
Body surface is cast metal-like and very stiff.
Japanese name Oo-zomushi literally meaning large curculionidae was named because this species have elongated distinct mouthparts like an elephant (curculionidae in Japanese literally meaning elephant insects).
Are the largest species in curculionidae family in Japan.
Adults are seen from early summer to midsummer.
Feed on sap of quercus acutissima and quercus serrata.
During daytime, rest under fallen trees and deadwoods.
Adults live for about two years after adult emergence.
Female lays eggs inside of woods and larvae feed on woods and goes deep inside of woods.

●Length  about 12 to 29 mm
●Adults Flight Season June to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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