Category Archives: Insects

Insects

Damselfly: Calopteryx atrata

This species of damselfly is very common and I almost always see them when I’m walking in the local forests in summer. They gather in large numbers along the forest paths and it’s wonderful to see them flitting around with … Continue reading

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Weevil: Merus flavosignatus

Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Merus flavosignatus Also: Mecysolobus flavosignatus Weevil = kisuji-ashinaga-zoumushi Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Longhorn beetle: Anoplophora malasiaca

These are big longhorns (around 30mm) and they were all over the place in the orchards I visited today. I found about 10 and, by the looks of things, they were finding one another pretty easily too ! Coleoptera: Cerambycidae … Continue reading

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Jewel beetle: Nalanda rutilicollis

This tiny jewel beetle was a little devil — running around like crazy and refusing to smile for his photo! Hence the not-quite-in-focus photos. Only about 3mm long but what a beauty. Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Nalanda rutilicollis Jewel beetle = mune-aka-chibi-naka-boso-tamushi … Continue reading

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Rove beetle: Ontholestes gracilis

I thought this was some kind of dragonfly nymph at first. However, it was on the underside of a big mushroom — a pretty weird place to find one. Taking a closer look, I could see it was a type … Continue reading

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Longhorn: Leptura ochraceofasciata

It’s very hot and humid today and rain is forecast so I almost didn’t go out… But I couldn’t resist the urge to go and look for beetles! The best find of the day was this flower longhorn beetle, which … Continue reading

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Xanthochroa hilleri

Walking home from the train station last night, I stopped at every vending machine to see what had been attracted to the lights. This is a false blister beetle (“false longhorn” is the translation of the Japanese). Coleoptera: Oedemeridae (false … Continue reading

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Ozotomerus nigromaculatus

I walked the 6km from the train station to my house last night — arriving home around midnight. This was by choice of course because I wanted to check for insects on all the vending machines, which act as great … Continue reading

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Weevil: Aplotes roelofsi

I spent a couple of hours rooting around in what should be called “mosquito city” — an overgrown and forgotten corner of my local community that seems to be the main source of all the mosquitoes in the area. Being … Continue reading

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Black spider wasp

This was a great find! It’s a small spider wasp (about 10mm) carrying a fairly big spider. The wasp seems to have bitten off the spider’s legs — presumably to make carrying it easier. The wasp will dig a hole … Continue reading

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