Category Archives: Diptera

flies, mosquitoes

Emperor cranefly

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 … Continue reading

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Cranefly

This yellow cranefly (kiirohoso-gaganbo) was resting on a leaf in a neighbour’s garden. Diptera: Tipulidae Nephrotoma virgata = kiirohoso-gaganbo

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Mosquito

Well, the weather’s hot and the mosquitoes are out in force again. I was trying to take photos of beetles in the forest this morning and, in the process, was donating blood to hundreds of mosquitoes. I need to start … Continue reading

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Hunchbacked Fly

Lots of these small (6-8mm) strange-looking hunchbacked flies hanging around the hedge parsley in a clearing in the woods. Not easily disturbed. Diptera: Acroceridae: Philopota nigroaenea (sedakakogashira abu)

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Hoverfly

Hoverflies (hanaabu) are not the easiest things to photograph, but this one obligingly stopped flying for a few seconds! Diptera: Syrphidae Here’s a web site all about hoverflies in Japan: http://homepage2.nifty.com/syrphidae/index.htm

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Robber Fly

Robber Fly (abu) We get these robber flies in the garden throughout the summer. Because of their size, I’m always wary of them (for the sake of the kids!) but it seems that they are beneficial as they prey on … Continue reading

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Japanese grass lizard

We have so many lizards in our garden and we all enjoy watching them basking in the sun or stalking insects and spiders. It takes patience to sneak up on the adults to take photos but they are very photogenic … Continue reading

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