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Also known as the Food Wrapper Plant, this East As Also known as the Food Wrapper Plant, this East Asian Mallotus (アカメガシワ) can be used to wrap food (obviously!!). It's also used in herbal remedies for gastric ulcers and removing intestinal worms.

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Also known as the Food Wrapper Plant, this East Asian Mallotus (アカメガシワ) can be used to wrap food (obviously!!). It's also used in herbal remedies for gastric ulcers and removing intestinal worms.

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This is Fish Mint or Chameleon Plant (ドクダニ This is Fish Mint or Chameleon Plant (ドクダニ) which can be used in cooking as a herbal garnish (with a fishy smell) or in traditional Chinese medicine.

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This is Fish Mint or Chameleon Plant (ドクダニ) which can be used in cooking as a herbal garnish (with a fishy smell) or in traditional Chinese medicine.

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This is the beginning of our favourite nature walk This is the beginning of our favourite nature walk along a little-used country road in Munakata. I always feel as if I'm entering the jungle when I turn this corner. The tall tree in the background is called a Chinaberry Tree (センダン) and the fruits it produces are very important food for birds in the winter. However, these same fruits are highly toxic for humans!

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This is the beginning of our favourite nature walk along a little-used country road in Munakata. I always feel as if I'm entering the jungle when I turn this corner. The tall tree in the background is called a Chinaberry Tree (センダン) and the fruits it produces are very important food for birds in the winter. However, these same fruits are highly toxic for humans!

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Giant reed or perennial cane ダンチク #japan # Giant reed or perennial cane
ダンチク
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Giant reed or perennial cane
ダンチク
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Ramie is an important plant in human history -- on Ramie is an important plant in human history -- one of the oldest known fiber plants for making fabric.
Japanese name: カラムシ or ラミ

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Ramie is an important plant in human history -- one of the oldest known fiber plants for making fabric.
Japanese name: カラムシ or ラミ

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This is a kind of wild vine related to grapes. The This is a kind of wild vine related to grapes. The flowers attract a lot of bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies.

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This is a kind of wild vine related to grapes. The flowers attract a lot of bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies.

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Kudzu or East Asian Arrowroot クズ #japan #fuku Kudzu or East Asian Arrowroot
クズ

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Kudzu or East Asian Arrowroot
クズ

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Asiatic Jasmine テイカカズラ #japan #fukuok Asiatic Jasmine
テイカカズラ

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Asiatic Jasmine
テイカカズラ

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Taketo came to Munakata to teach us the names of s Taketo came to Munakata to teach us the names of some of local plants -- he's a superb botanist!

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Taketo came to Munakata to teach us the names of some of local plants -- he's a superb botanist!

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Bright metallic green Sweet Potato Leaf Beetle (イモサルハムシ) in a rice paddy. Colasposoma dauricum.

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Bright metallic green Sweet Potato Leaf Beetle (イモサルハムシ) in a rice paddy. Colasposoma dauricum.

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Busy busy ants! This is not speeded up! #naturalj Busy busy ants! This is not speeded up!

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Busy busy ants! This is not speeded up!

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I've found these large colourful weevils three day I've found these large colourful weevils three days in a row. It's Baryrhynchus poweri (ミツギリゾウムシ)

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I've found these large colourful weevils three days in a row. It's Baryrhynchus poweri (ミツギリゾウムシ)

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Giant Siebold's Worm (シーボルトミミズ). M Giant Siebold's Worm (シーボルトミミズ). Measured against my shoe, it was over 40cm long. The photo doesn't show it well, but this species of worm is blue and shiny.

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Giant Siebold's Worm (シーボルトミミズ). Measured against my shoe, it was over 40cm long. The photo doesn't show it well, but this species of worm is blue and shiny.

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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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