Category Archives: Arachnids

Spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, etc

Huntsman Spider

This type of huntsman spider is called kamasu-gumo in Japanese — refering to the weaving pattern on its back (I think). Scientific name: Thelcticopis severa. Found near Yokoyama Village in Munakata.

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Nature’s Smiley

What a cute and unusual thing to find — a natural smiley in the forest!! I couldn’t decide what it was at first as it was only about 8mm across. I was just thinking it might be a young snail … Continue reading

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Ant Spider

Yes, this is a spider! It looks like an ant, but if you look closely you’ll see that it has eight legs and lots of eyes. The theory is that they use their disguise either to help them sneak up … Continue reading

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Tick

What a tough tick! It must have come into the house on my clothing (after hiking in the forest), and survived a ride in the washing machine. After this, it fell onto the floor and Shinobu trod on it and … Continue reading

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Spider catches Fantail

Just after I watched a fantailed skimmer (taiwan-uchiwa-yanma) take a butterfly skimmer (chou-tombo), I came across a big spider (nagakogane-gumo) that had managed to catch itself a fantail. It’s a tough world! Odonata: Gomphidae Ictinogomphus pertinax = taiwan-uchiwa-yanma (Taiwan fantailed … Continue reading

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Ant-mimicking spider

I thought I was really taking a photo of an ant on a leaf… but after looking at the preview of the first shot to see whether it was in focus, I suddenly realized that it was in fact an … Continue reading

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Huntsman Spider

Shinobu screamed for help this morning when she found a giant huntsman spider (actually a “huntswoman” really!) in the bedroom. It was a very big female with a leg span of about 15cm. A very impressive creature! This species is … Continue reading

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Spiders in the sky

It’s autumn and there are lots of big beautiful spiders all over the place. Some of their webs are truly amazing in size. Here are a couple of common species: Tetragnathidae: Nephila clavata (jorou gumo) Araneidae: Argiope bruennichii (nagakogane gumo) … Continue reading

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Spiders in the garden

I’ve been surprised at just how many different kinds of spiders live in our garden. Here are pictures of a few of them. The first four photos show an interesting little drama. These ant hunting spiders are tiny (not much … Continue reading

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