Category Archives: Lepidoptera

butterflies, moths

Geometrid Moth: Problepsis albidior

It’s a pity but I couldn’t find an English common name for this beautiful moth. The literal translation of the Japanese name is “two-eyed big white princess geometrid” I think! Lepidoptera: Geometridae Problepsis albidior = futatsu-me-oo-shiro-hime-shaku Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park … Continue reading

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Ringlet Butterfly

I’m pretty certain that this identification is correct, but this butterfly has different markings to the typical ones in all of my butterfly and insect books, which are for mainland Japan. However, the markings are very similar to those for … Continue reading

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Swallowtail

Lepidoptera: Papilionidae Papilio xuthus Swallowtail = namiageha Location: Munakata Common

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Epirrhoe supergressa

Lepidoptera: Geometridae Epirrhoe supergressa supergressa = futashiro-suji-namishaku Location: Munakata Common

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Erebus ephesperis

This large moth looks like a dead leaf. When disturbed it flies a few metres and immediately settles at the base of a tree or among dead leaves. Despite its size (around 70mm wingspan), it is surprisingly difficult to spot. … Continue reading

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Dysaethria cretacea

This small moth looked like a bird dropping. Lepidoptera: Uraniidae Dysaethria cretacea = kisuji-shiro-futao Location: Back road towards Yamada Village in Munakata (google map)

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Oruza glaucotorna

Lepidoptera: Noctuidae Oruza glaucotorna = mon-shiro-kuruma-koyaga Location: Back road towards Yamada Village in Munakata (google map)

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Narathura japonica japonica

I’ve seen plenty of these butterflies before, but this was the first time that I managed to get a close-up shot with the wings open. It’s a bit tatty, though! Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Narathura japonica japonica = murasaki-shijimi Location: In sweet … Continue reading

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Toleria contaminata

Until you get close to them, these clearwing moths (sukashiba) look remarkably like wasps. They even imitate wasps in their flight behavior, flying actively from leaf to leaf during daylight. Lepidoptera: Sesiidae Toleria contaminata = hachimagai-sukashiba-ga Location: In sweet chestnut … Continue reading

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Daimio tethys

Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae (skippers) Daimio tethys = daimyou-seseri Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

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