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Morning Spiders and Night Spiders

  • In Japan, there is a superstition that is related to spiders like following:


    “Let morning spiders get away even if they are your foes, kill night spiders even if they have children.”

    I was also told something like this superstition when I was child, but I’m not sure the reason.

    I found a theory that morning spiders represent visitors and night spiders represent thieves on the Internet, but there is no scientific basis.

    In general, house spiders are beneficial insects that eat injurious insects like flies or cockroaches, so I basically don’t kill spiders even when I find them at night.

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