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Insects

Green Lacewing Larva

This Green Lacewing larva (J: kusakagerou no youchuu) was crawling across our dining room table. I think it came into the house on some vegetables. As you can see, it’s covered in debris, presumably to protect itself. Lacewing larva such … Continue reading

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Acromantis japonica

This is a very small mantis — about 3cm long. Munakata, Japan. English name: Japanese boxer mantis Japanese name: hime-kamakiri Scientific name: Acromantis japonica

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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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Dragonflies

Lots of dragonflies (J: tombo) out and about yesterday as well. Here are two species of damselfly (smaller/thinner) and one true dragonfly. The blue one looks like a ruler so in Japanese it’s called monosashi-tombo i.e. “ruler damselfly” (it’s a … Continue reading

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Wasp-like Hoverfly

This very large hoverfly looks and behaves remarkably like a wasp. It’s one of the biggest hoverflies at 20mm in length. Japanese: shirosuji-naga-hanaabu Scientific: Milesia undulata Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Angled Sunbeam Butterfly

English: Angled Sunbeam Japanese: uragin-shijimi Scientific: Curetis acuta paracuta Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Japanese Oakblue Butterfly

English: Japanese Oakblue Butterfly Japanese: murasaki-shijimi Scientific: Narathura japonica Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Chestnut Tiger Butterfly

I met some entomologists looking for Chestnut Tiger Butterflies (asagi-madara) in our local insect park (hotaru-no-sato), but it was a windy day and pretty cool so they said that they didn’t expect to find any. The reason they were looking … Continue reading

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Japanese Giant Silkworm Moth

This beautiful (newly emerged perhaps) Japanese Giant Silkworm Moth (Saturnia japonica, or Caligula japonica) was on a wall in Yamada Village, Munakata. It’s a native of East Asia and has a wingspan of 10-13cm. Lepidoptera: Saturniidae Saturnia japonica Japanese Giant … Continue reading

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Orange Hairstreak

I spotted this orange hairstreak butterfly sitting on a leaf on the side of Mt Joyama in Munakata. You can see that it appears to have another “head” (with antennae) at the back, at the lower edge of the wings. … Continue reading

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