Sunday, May 16, 2010

ジョロウグモ Nephila Clavata

Nephila Clavata, also known as the Jorō Spider (gumo), is a member of the golden orb-web spider group - noted for the impressive webs they weave. The spider can be found throughout Japan and due to its large size as well as its bright, unique colors -especially of the female - the spider is well-favored. In folklore, Jorōgumo takes the form of a legendary creature/spider which can change its appearance into that of a beautiful woman; she seduces men and then traps them, ties them up in her web and consumes them as a half spider - half woman.

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