November 8, 2009

A spider web in the grove of Tokei-ji temple

A large web woven by a female "Jyoro-gumo" (Nephila clavata) spider was shining sliverly in the afternoon sunlight.

The name "Jyoro-gumo" means "a spider which is beautiful like an eminent court lady." This beautiful female spider dies after having laid her egg case on the trunk of a tree or on the undersurface of a leaf in late autumn or early winter. In the next early summer, a lot of her precious offsprings pop out from this egg case one after another.

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