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A female wild pig (イノシシ) followed by four A female wild pig (イノシシ) followed by four young (ウリボウ) wandered past my trailcam during our last rainstorm.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #wildboar #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #イノシシ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

A female wild pig (イノシシ) followed by four young (ウリボウ) wandered past my trailcam during our last rainstorm.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #wildboar #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #イノシシ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Happy to see three badgers on my trailcam video -- Happy to see three badgers on my trailcam video -- it's probably a mother, older sister (half-sister) and young badger. That's a typical family group.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #badger #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アナグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Happy to see three badgers on my trailcam video -- it's probably a mother, older sister (half-sister) and young badger. That's a typical family group.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #badger #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アナグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Another video of a raccoon (アライグマ) here Another video of a raccoon (アライグマ) here in Munakata.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #raccoon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アライグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Another video of a raccoon (アライグマ) here in Munakata.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #raccoon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アライグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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We don't often see raccoons (アライグマ) arou We don't often see raccoons (アライグマ) around here, so it was a surprise to find this pair on my trailcam video. This species is introduced and invasive. (But still cute!)
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #raccoon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アライグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

We don't often see raccoons (アライグマ) around here, so it was a surprise to find this pair on my trailcam video. This species is introduced and invasive. (But still cute!)
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #raccoon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アライグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Great to see this fox hunting for and catching a f Great to see this fox hunting for and catching a frog in the dark. Our local foxes seem to be very skinny and unhealthy (with a lot of mange), so I'm happy that this one managed to get a little snack.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #キツネ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Great to see this fox hunting for and catching a frog in the dark. Our local foxes seem to be very skinny and unhealthy (with a lot of mange), so I'm happy that this one managed to get a little snack.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #fox #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #キツネ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Thank you to this Japanese hare (ノウサギ) for Thank you to this Japanese hare (ノウサギ) for sitting right in front of my trailcam.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #hare #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #ノウサギ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Thank you to this Japanese hare (ノウサギ) for sitting right in front of my trailcam.
#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #hare #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #ノウサギ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Swallow (ツバメ) feeding its chicks at our loca Swallow (ツバメ) feeding its chicks at our local train station. Filmed on a smartphone.

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Swallow (ツバメ) feeding its chicks at our local train station. Filmed on a smartphone.

#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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"Move along, nothing to see, I'm a stick." It's a "Move along, nothing to see, I'm a stick." It's a nice camouflage trick, but this caterpillar chose the wrong colour plant.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

"Move along, nothing to see, I'm a stick." It's a nice camouflage trick, but this caterpillar chose the wrong colour plant.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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This is the adult of one species of Antlion (ウスバカゲロウ), whose larvae make pit-traps for catching ants. In Japanese, these are called "ant hell" (アリジゴク).

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

This is the adult of one species of Antlion (ウスバカゲロウ), whose larvae make pit-traps for catching ants. In Japanese, these are called "ant hell" (アリジゴク).

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Nice day in Munakata today. #naturaljapan #japann Nice day in Munakata today.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #landscape #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata  #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Nice day in Munakata today.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #landscape #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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As its defence mechanism, the caterpillar of the R As its defence mechanism, the caterpillar of the Ramie Moth (Arcte coerula) shakes violently. It's a big caterpillar so it's a pretty effective defence I imagine. Well, it worked on me ha ha.
フクラスズメ

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As its defence mechanism, the caterpillar of the Ramie Moth (Arcte coerula) shakes violently. It's a big caterpillar so it's a pretty effective defence I imagine. Well, it worked on me ha ha.
フクラスズメ

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Every time this adult Little Grebe came to the sur Every time this adult Little Grebe came to the surface, the chicks went crazy trying to get to him/her first!!
There were 4 chicks and the parent bird (alone) was very busy diving for fish. I was around 50m away so it was difficult to get clear shots.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Every time this adult Little Grebe came to the surface, the chicks went crazy trying to get to him/her first!!
There were 4 chicks and the parent bird (alone) was very busy diving for fish. I was around 50m away so it was difficult to get clear shots.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Little grebe feeding it's chick. There were 4 chic Little grebe feeding it's chick. There were 4 chicks and the parent bird (alone) was very busy diving for fish. I was around 50m away so it was difficult to get clear shots.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Little grebe feeding it's chick. There were 4 chicks and the parent bird (alone) was very busy diving for fish. I was around 50m away so it was difficult to get clear shots.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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I wish I'd had a bit more time to photograph this I wish I'd had a bit more time to photograph this hunting wasp carrying a cricket... But I had less than a second as it flew into the bushes.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #wasps #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫  #ハチ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

I wish I'd had a bit more time to photograph this hunting wasp carrying a cricket... But I had less than a second as it flew into the bushes.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #wasps #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #ハチ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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This strikingly beautiful metallic blue-green wasp This strikingly beautiful metallic blue-green wasp was hunting for prey. I believe it's Chalybion japonica (ヤマトルリジガバチ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #wasps #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫  #ハチ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

This strikingly beautiful metallic blue-green wasp was hunting for prey. I believe it's Chalybion japonica (ヤマトルリジガバチ).
#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #insects #wasps #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #昆虫 #ハチ #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Green Lacewing Larva

This Green Lacewing larva (J: kusakagerou no youchuu) was crawling across our dining room table. I think it came into the house on some vegetables. As you can see, it’s covered in debris, presumably to protect itself. Lacewing larva such as this eat other small insects, especially aphids (J: abura-mushi), so they are useful to gardeners. They are sometimes called “aphid lions”!

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Acromantis japonica

This is a very small mantis — about 3cm long. Munakata, Japan.
English name: Japanese boxer mantis
Japanese name: hime-kamakiri
Scientific name: Acromantis japonica

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Hirata Stag Beetle

This Hirata Stag Beetle was walking along the same path as me near Yamada Village in Munakata.
Japanese name: hirata-kuwagata
Scientific name: Dorcus titanus

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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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Dragonflies

Lots of dragonflies (J: tombo) out and about yesterday as well. Here are two species of damselfly (smaller/thinner) and one true dragonfly.
The blue one looks like a ruler so in Japanese it’s called monosashi-tombo i.e. “ruler damselfly” (it’s a male). The brown one is a female monosashi-tombo. The one with black wings is called haguro-tombo i.e. “black-winged damselfly”. The final picture is an almost-impossible-to-photograph flying Golden-ringed dragonfly (J: oniyanma), which never seem to keep still.
monosashi-tombo = Copera annulata
haguro-tombo = Calopteryx atrata
oniyanma = Anotogaster sieboldii (probably)

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Lesser Cuckoo

English: Lesser Cuckoo
Japanese: hototogisu
Scientific: Cuculus poliocephalus
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan).
This bird is a brood parasite of the Japanese Bush Warbler (J: uguisu).

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Wasp-like Hoverfly

This very large hoverfly looks and behaves remarkably like a wasp. It’s one of the biggest hoverflies at 20mm in length.

Japanese: shirosuji-naga-hanaabu
Scientific: Milesia undulata
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Angled Sunbeam Butterfly

English: Angled Sunbeam
Japanese: uragin-shijimi
Scientific: Curetis acuta paracuta
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Japanese Oakblue Butterfly

English: Japanese Oakblue Butterfly
Japanese: murasaki-shijimi
Scientific: Narathura japonica
Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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