Insects


Talanga quadrimaculalisTalanga quadrimaculalis

Lepidoptera: Crambidae (grass moths)
Talanga quadrimaculalis = yotsuboshi-no-meiga

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

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)

Magnificent!! This is the largest species of dragonfly in Japan and, at 10cm long, it’s an impressive sight. This one was zooming around a clearing and it flew just above my head several times before settling on a remarkably convenient perch — convenient enough for me to sneak up and take lots of photos. I was amazed at how tolerant he was of me and I managed to get within about 50cm before he flew away. A few fly-bys later he settled back on the exact same plant so I took even more photos. I loved the way he cleaned his big green eyes with his forelegs — he’s got to keep his eyes clean to hunt on the wing.

Anotogaster sieboldiiAnotogaster sieboldiiAnotogaster sieboldiiAnotogaster sieboldii

Odonata: Cordulegastridae
Anotogaster sieboldii
golden-ringed dragonfly = oni-yanma

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

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)

These huge katydids (bush-crickets) are everywhere at the moment. They sit perfectly camouflaged on leaves and then half jump, half crawl into the foliage making so much disturbance that it’s like a much larger animal is lurking there. Once you get used to spotting them before they disappear, it’s possible to sneak up and take photos.

Gampsocleis buergeriGampsocleis buergeriGampsocleis buergeriGampsocleis buergeri

Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae
Gampsocleis buergeri
Japanese katydid = kiri-girisu

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)

I stood taking photos of these hornets for quite a while but I think I should have been able to take better shots than these. I’ll try again next time. I guess there were 7 or 8 of them flying around and there’s a possibility I was nervous… Nah, I was fine. That’s just an excuse for poor photography!!

Vespa tropica pulchraVespa tropica pulchraVespa tropica pulchra

Hymenoptera: Vespidae
Vespa ducalis
(synonym = Vespa tropica pulchra)

hornet = hime-suzume-bachi

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

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