Category Archives: Coleoptera

Beetles

Hirata Stag Beetle

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

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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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Japanese giant weevil

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

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Rodolia limbata

Coleoptera: Coccinellidae Rodolia limbata = beni-heri-tentou

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Leaf beetle: Cryptocephalus perelegans

Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalus perelegans = kiboshi-tsutsuhamushi Location: Wooded area next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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Longhorn: Lemula decipiens

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 … Continue reading

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Weevil: Mesalcidodes trifidus

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 … Continue reading

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Oops… somebody made a mistake

I think somebody has made a bit of a mistake here! Take a closer look… Coleoptera: Curculionidae (weevils) Mesalcidodes trifidus Weevil = ojiro-ashi-naga-zoumushi Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

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Skeletonized leaf

It’s remarkable how these Japanese beetles skeletonize leaves — they’re little artists really!! Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers) Popillia japonica Japanese beetle = mame-kogane Location: Yokoyama Village near Munakata Common (Google map link)

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Weevil: Euops splendidus

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 … Continue reading

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