Coleoptera


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

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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Coleoptera: Curculionidae (weevils)
Sipalinus gigas
Japanese giant weevil = oo-zoumushi

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Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
Rodolia limbata
= beni-heri-tentou

Cryptocephalus perelegansCryptocephalus perelegans

Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae:
Cryptocephalus perelegans = kiboshi-tsutsuhamushi

Location: Wooded area next to Munakata Common (Google map)

It was great to go out for a nature walk today — I’ve been too busy recently. It was only in my local area and just for a couple of hours. The highlight was finding a new (to me) species of longhorn beetle. It’s a small species (5mm) so I was pretty lucky to spot this pair on a branch in the forest.

Lemula decipiensLemula decipiens

Coleoptera: Cerambycidae:
Lemula decipiens = kibane-nise-hamushi-hana-kamikiri

Location: “Cow Valley” near Fureiai no Mori (Google map)

I often see these big black and white weevils hanging onto leaves like a cross between a koala and a (very small) panda! They walk very deliberately and drop off the leaf when disturbed. I think they are among my favourites.

Mesalcidodes trifidusMesalcidodes trifidusMesalcidodes trifidus

Coleoptera: Curculionidae (weevils)
Mesalcidodes trifidus
Weevil = ojiro-ashi-naga-zoumushi

Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

I think somebody has made a bit of a mistake here! Take a closer look…

Mesalcidodes trifidus

Coleoptera: Curculionidae (weevils)
Mesalcidodes trifidus
Weevil = ojiro-ashi-naga-zoumushi

Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

It’s remarkable how these Japanese beetles skeletonize leaves — they’re little artists really!!

Popillia japonica

Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers)
Popillia japonica
Japanese beetle = mame-kogane

Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

Such a beautiful weevil… but my photos are very poor. The evening was setting in and I was among trees and the weevil was only 3mm long… If I find one again, I will catch it and take the photo in a well-lit place to show off the metallic gold and green.

Euops splendidusEuops splendidus

Coleoptera: Curculionidae (weevils)
Euops splendidus
Weevil = kashi-ruri-otoshibumi

Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

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