Category Archives: Odonata

dragonflies, damselflies

Paracercion calamorum calamorum

(Male) Odonata: Coenagrionida Paracercion calamorum calamorum Damselfly = kuro-ito-tombo Location: Near Genkai town office (Google map)

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Pseudothemis zonata

Odonata: Libellulidae Pseudothemis zonata = koshiaki-tombo Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

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Lyriothemis pachygastra

This is a female. The male of this species is blue. Odonata: Libellulidae Lyriothemis pachygastra (female) = hara-biro-tombo Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Orthetrum triangulare melania

This is a female. The male of this species is blue. Odonata: Libellulidae Orthetrum triangulare melania (female) = ooshio-kara-tombo Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Spider catches Fantail

Just after I watched a fantailed skimmer (taiwan-uchiwa-yanma) take a butterfly skimmer (chou-tombo), I came across a big spider (nagakogane-gumo) that had managed to catch itself a fantail. It’s a tough world! Odonata: Gomphidae Ictinogomphus pertinax = taiwan-uchiwa-yanma (Taiwan fantailed … Continue reading

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Fantail takes Butterfly Skimmer

Well, I was wrong! In yesterday’s blog entry, I wrote that these fantailed skimmers (taiwan-uchiwa-yanma) and butterfly skimmers (chou-tombo) seemed to co-exist peacefully, but… Today I watched a fantail swoop down and grab a butterfly skimmer from its perch, then … Continue reading

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Anax parthenope

Back at the same pond as yesterday. I found out that it’s called oo-ike (big pond) – here’s a map. It was a really hot day (35 degrees C) so it felt good to be wading almost waist deep in … Continue reading

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Butterfly Skimmer and Fantailed Skimmer

On my way home from work yesterday, I noticed what looked like quite a large pond half hidden by the overgrown roadside verge. It looked like a promising place for dragonflies, so I decided to investigate it this morning. As … Continue reading

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Dragonfly catches butterfly

On top of Mt Yukawa. This big dragonfly zoomed in and grabbed a butterfly right in front of my eyes. Very impressive! I took a few photos but the dragonfly flew off, still carrying the butterfly. About half an hour … Continue reading

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Dragonflies

Dragonflies (tombo) are so numerous in Japan that the country used to be known as “Dragonfly Islands” (akitsushima). There are more than 200 species (compared to around 40 in the UK). It is wonderful to see swarms of them flying … Continue reading

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