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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Spiders in Japan


Spiders are big at this time of year in Japan. Fruit is falling from trees, which attracts a lot of insects as prey for Japan's arachnids to feed on.

Hedges and trees may be festooned with the webs of spiders in the Japanese countryside or in urban gardens in this season.

Nephila clavata - jorogumo

The spider pictured is the Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli 1772) known as the koganegumo in Japanese and can be identified by its yellow and gray markings.

Most webs contain the larger female and two or three attendant male spiders awaiting a chance to mate with the queen.

Here's a tasty morsel suspended from a spiders web inside a tunnel under cliffs in Shimane Prefecture.

Spider food

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