in all seasons

Heteropoda venatoria (Sparassidae) [Japanese name : ashidaka-gumo]


This is a huntsman spider.

The size of this spider is about 10 centimeters, including its legs.

This is the biggest species of all hunting spiders in Japan.

The spider lies behind gaps in walls and ceilings in the daytime, and

captures insects such as cockroaches and flies at night.

Although it is a spider of southern Japan, it is moving northward.

The length is 25-30 mm.

It is found on four main islands in Japan - namely, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa.


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