I didn’t know there were craneflies this pretty! It was quite a surprise to see it sitting on a tree.

Dictenidia pictipennisDictenidia pictipennisDictenidia pictipennis

Diptera: Tipulidae
Dictenidia pictipennis
Yellow cranefly = bekkou-gaganbo

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Well, our long mosquito season is well and truly here. They were out in force today…

Aedes albopictus

Diptera: Culicidae
Aedes albopictus
Asian Tiger Mosquito = hitosujishima-ka

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Trichomachimus scutellarisTrichomachimus scutellarisTrichomachimus scutellaris

Diptera: Asilidae
Trichomachimus scutellaris
Robber fly = sakiguro-mushi-hiki

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

I’ve never noticed this kind of robber fly before, probably because it resembles a bumblebee. It has wonderful eyes that follow your every move. A pretty efficient predator I’d say.

Laphria mitsukuriiLaphria mitsukuriiLaphria mitsukurii

Diptera: Asilidae
Laphria mitsukurii
Robber fly = oo-ishi-abu

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Robber fly (shioya-abu) with one of its favorite prey, a Japanese Beetle (mamekogane).

Promachus yesonicusPromachus yesonicusPromachus yesonicus

Diptera: Asilidae
Promachus yesonicus
= shioya-abu

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

I managed to get bitten by a couple of mosquitoes today, and was proud to capture a photo of the first one without killing it. How kind! I’m sure that the novelty of being bitten will wear off soon and I’ll be back to swatting at them as soon as I spot them!

Aedes albopictusAedes albopictus

Diptera: Culicidae
Aedes albopictus
Asian Tiger Mosquito = hitosujishima-ka

Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

Diptera: Calliphoridae (blow flies)
Stomorhina obsoleta = tsumaguro-kin-bae

Location: Path between woods and fields near Munakata Common (map)

I haven’t identified this species yet.

Tephritidae = fruit flies (mibae)

Some useful links:
Tephritidae wiki = here
Article on genus Tephritis (entomological science) = here

Location: edge of field in Munakata (map)

Bibionid flies (ke-bae) have many common names in the USA, the most common being “march flies” or “love bugs” (although these are different species to the one below). The larvae are in huge numbers in the soil/leaf-litter of the forest floor and are very important for decomposition and the recycling of nutrients.

University of Florida article on love bugs here.

Wikipedia article on love bugs here.

Bibio omani on Gifu University insect site here.

It was getting dark when I took these photos, so they are pretty poor quality.

Diptera: Bibionidae (= ke-bae)
Bibio omani (I think)

Location: Sweet chestnut grove at the edge of Fureiai-no-mori in Munakata (map)

This is the second time I’ve found one of these huge craneflies (Mikado gaganbo), but the last time I couldn’t get decent photos. I actually trod on this one by accident and it suffered no harm, so they seem to be pretty tough creatures! As you can see from the photo of me holding it, this really is a big insect, with a wingspan of around 8cm and a legspan of 15cm. Harmless of course, but I’m sure it would scare many people! [In comparison, the craneflies common in the UK are around 5 or 6cm from legtip to legtip.]

Ctenacroscelis mikadoCtenacroscelis mikadoCtenacroscelis mikado

Diptera: Tipulidae
Ctenacroscelis mikado = Mikado gaganbo

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