Photo of the Week – Jorōgumo

<p><i>Nephila clavata</i>, Nephilidae<br />
Mount Ogusu, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan<br />
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6<br />
October 22, 2016</p>

Jorō Spider - ♀

Nephila clavata, Nephilidae
Mount Ogusu, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
October 22, 2016

Sneaking in for the end of #aractober we have this photo of a female Jorō Spider. This is by far the most prominent spider I’ve encountered in Japan, only narrowly avoiding their webs on several occasions. This spider features prominently in the folklore of Japan, inspiring the legend of the Jorōgumo, a shapeshifting spider that would lure male victim by taking the form of a beautiful woman.

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