in autumn

Parasteatoda japonica (Theridiidae) [Japanese name : hime-gumo]


The spider weaves strands of silk irregularly in the top of a sheet web,

like the web of Linyphiidae, on the leafage of a garden or a park.

If you find a red small spider, it is A.japonica. It is peculiar to Japan.

It has 3 black spots and the pattern of the Kanji character for 'north' in

Japanese-namely "KITA", of white in abdomen, when you look at it closely.

The length is 4-5 mm.

It is found throughout Japan.


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