in summer

Argiope minuta (Araneidae) [Japanese name : kogata kogane-gumo]

IllustThe spider weaves an orb web with stabilimentum, or the band of white thread

in the shape of an X at the center of the web.

When you approach the spider, it jumps down from its web quickly.

See the photograph of the bottom. It's a mating pair of orb web spiders.

The small one is the male.

The length is 8-12 mm.

It is found on four main islands in Japan - namely, Honshu, Shikoku,

Kyushu, and Okinawa.



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