Monthly Archives: June 2005

Sea Life

Spent another three hours in the sea today – mainly alone but the kids joined me for the final hour. I’m finding it very difficult to get the high quality photos I’d like to take. I guess one of the … Continue reading

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Evening on the Beach

I took the kids along to the beach this evening. Nice sunset! We found lots of hermit crabs (yadokari), as usual, and also found the weirdest little crab. It was a species of spider crab (kumogani) that disguises itself by … Continue reading

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New Camera

I bought a new digital camera (Sony Cybershot DSC-P100) and its underwater housing (MPK-PHB). Only cost 48,000 yen in total. The pictures below are from my first day using it (= today). I was in the sea for three hours … Continue reading

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Spiders in the garden

I’ve been surprised at just how many different kinds of spiders live in our garden. Here are pictures of a few of them. The first four photos show an interesting little drama. These ant hunting spiders are tiny (not much … Continue reading

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Scarab Beetles

There were three species of scarab beetles (koganemushi) in the park today. Order: Coleoptera; Family: Scarabaeidae Subfamily: Cetoniinae kanabun = Rhomborrhina japonica Order: Coleoptera; Family: Scarabaeidae Subfamily: Rutelinae (Shining Leaf Chafers) mamekogane = Popillia japonica semadarakogane = Blitopertha orientalis The … Continue reading

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Various Longhorn Beetles

Today was longhorn beetle day! We found three different species of longhorn beetles (kamikiri) near the house. The first two (beni-kamikiri and gomadara-kamikiri) were on a small oak tree in the park. The other one (ramii-kamikiri) was on a bush … Continue reading

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Lizard catches fly

I watched this lizard stalking a big robber fly (abu) from at least two meters away. The robber fly was probably also hunting for prey (they even attack bees), but ended up a victim. The fly seemed to be too … Continue reading

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Paper Wasp Nests

I found two paper wasps’ nests within 50m of each other in an area of undeveloped land near our house (we call this area “wild hill”). Actually, I was there looking for snakes (which I didn’t find this time). I … Continue reading

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Woodlice

Found these two woodlice in the first stage of mating. According to the earthlife factsheet for raising woodlice, the mating process is as follows: “The male climbs onto a receptive female, licks her head and drums on her back with … Continue reading

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Sand Digger Wasps

There are lots of sand digger wasps in this area. They dig burrows in the sand and store caterpillars (and other insects) as food for their grubs. They are extremely strong and I’ve seen them carrying huge caterpillars. Insecta: Hymenoptera: … Continue reading

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