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Anyone want a lovely juicy caterpillar for lunch? Anyone want a lovely juicy caterpillar for lunch?
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Anyone want a lovely juicy caterpillar for lunch?
#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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Great to see a fox trot by in the daytime for a ch Great to see a fox trot by in the daytime for a change.

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Great to see a fox trot by in the daytime for a change.

#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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Not a care in the world... This Japanese hare (ノ Not a care in the world... This Japanese hare (ノウウサギ) stayed in front of the camera trap for about 20 minutes.

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Not a care in the world... This Japanese hare (ノウウサギ) stayed in front of the camera trap for about 20 minutes.

#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #hare #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #ノウウサギ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Lovely sleek fox strolling past my camera trap. # Lovely sleek fox strolling past my camera trap.

#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

Lovely sleek fox strolling past my camera trap.

#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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Japanese Weasel (イタチ) bouncing around beauti Japanese Weasel (イタチ) bouncing around beautifully.

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Japanese Weasel (イタチ) bouncing around beautifully.

#naturaljapan #cameratrap #trailcam #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #weasel #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #イタチ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市
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Rustic Bunting (カシラダカ), which is relativ Rustic Bunting (カシラダカ), which is relatively uncommon in Fukuoka, I believe.
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Rustic Bunting (カシラダカ), which is relatively uncommon in Fukuoka, I believe.
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Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (コゲラ). #naturaljap Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (コゲラ).
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Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (コゲラ).
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Female Blue Rock Thrush (イソヒヨドリ) sitti Female Blue Rock Thrush (イソヒヨドリ) sitting on a neighbor's roof.
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Female Blue Rock Thrush (イソヒヨドリ) sitting on a neighbor's roof.
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Great tit (シジュウカラ) on a wire. #natural Great tit (シジュウカラ) on a wire.
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Great tit (シジュウカラ) on a wire.
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Japanese White-eye (メジロ) enjoying today's ch Japanese White-eye (メジロ) enjoying today's cherry blossom.
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Japanese White-eye (メジロ) enjoying today's cherry blossom.
#naturaljapan #japannature #birdphotography #birds #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #cherryblossom #munakata #野鳥 #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #桜
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You looking at me? Yellow-throated Bunting (ミヤ You looking at me?
Yellow-throated Bunting (ミヤマホオジロ) in all his glory.
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You looking at me?
Yellow-throated Bunting (ミヤマホオジロ) in all his glory.
#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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Pale thrush (シロハラ) sitting on a tree stump Pale thrush (シロハラ) sitting on a tree stump.
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Pale thrush (シロハラ) sitting on a tree stump.
#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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Lots of fun watching two different species of frog Lots of fun watching two different species of frog tadpoles swimming around. It seems very early in the year.
#naturaljapan #japannature #amphibians #frogs #tadpoles #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #カエル #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #オタマジャクシ

Lots of fun watching two different species of frog tadpoles swimming around. It seems very early in the year.
#naturaljapan #japannature #amphibians #frogs #tadpoles #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #カエル #自然 #九州 #福岡 #宗像市 #オタマジャクシ
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Very surprised and amazed to witness this scene at Very surprised and amazed to witness this scene at the side of the road near our house. It looks like it's in a zoo but it's in the wild! The male badger spent ages coaxing the female outside so there was enough space for him to do his business, but she noticed us watching and ran off in embarrassment, causing him to bump his head. All very comical.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #badger #anaguma #wildlifephotography #wildlife #japan #kyushu #fukuoka #munakata #自然 #哺乳類 #アナグマ #九州 #福岡 #宗像市

Very surprised and amazed to witness this scene at the side of the road near our house. It looks like it's in a zoo but it's in the wild! The male badger spent ages coaxing the female outside so there was enough space for him to do his business, but she noticed us watching and ran off in embarrassment, causing him to bump his head. All very comical.

#naturaljapan #japannature #nature #naturephotography #mammals #badger #anaguma #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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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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