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Chestnut Tiger Butterfly

I met some entomologists looking for Chestnut Tiger Butterflies (asagi-madara) in our local insect park (hotaru-no-sato), but it was a windy day and pretty cool so they said that they didn’t expect to find any. The reason they were looking … Continue reading

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Japanese Giant Silkworm Moth

This beautiful (newly emerged perhaps) Japanese Giant Silkworm Moth (Saturnia japonica, or Caligula japonica) was on a wall in Yamada Village, Munakata. It’s a native of East Asia and has a wingspan of 10-13cm. Lepidoptera: Saturniidae Saturnia japonica Japanese Giant … Continue reading

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Japanese Ratsnake

Shinobu and I went to Oshima in Munakata today. Lots of nature, but the best find of the day was this 1.5m Japanese Ratsnake (aodaisho). A beautiful creature. I caught it so that we could take a closer look. It … Continue reading

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Orange Hairstreak

I spotted this orange hairstreak butterfly sitting on a leaf on the side of Mt Joyama in Munakata. You can see that it appears to have another “head” (with antennae) at the back, at the lower edge of the wings. … Continue reading

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Giant worm

I found a bigger worm than this a few years ago, but this was still a very impressive specimen. Around 35cm long. I’m no expert on worms, so I cannot identify it with certainty but it seems to be Siebold’s … Continue reading

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Ghost Plant

I found lots of these weird plants on the side of Kane-yama (Mt Kane) in Munakata today. I couldn’t find them in my plant book so I searched on Internet using the phrase: weird white ghost like plants in the … Continue reading

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Carabus vs worm

Found this large ground beetle trying to drag an earthworm across the road… It’s a species of Carabus; probably Carabus Dehaanii (Japanese: oo-osa-mushi).

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Eastern Reef Heron

Eastern Reef Heron = kuro-sagi In the satsuki-matsubara near Konominato in Munakata

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Green Pigeon

Japanese Green Pigeon = aobato In the satsuki-matsubara near Konominato in Munakata

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Cormorants in a tree

There are so many cormorants (kawa-u) in Ohori Park — some on posts and lots all over a tree on a small island in the lake. It was interesting to see that they share the tree with several kites (tobi … Continue reading

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