Monthly Archives: July 2005

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Hummingbird hawkmoths (hoshihoujaku) are amazing to watch, darting from flower to flower and hovering to drink the nectar. I’ve noticed plenty in the garden this week, but failed to get any pictures until yesterday evening. I used the flash which … Continue reading

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Dryad Butterfly

Saw lots of Dryad Butterflies (janomechou) in the bushes and grass, but they were very easily disturbed so I ended up taking a couple of photos using the telephoto. Lepidoptera: Satyridae Dryad Butterfly = janomechou = Minois dryas bipunctatus

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Hoverfly

Hoverflies (hanaabu) are not the easiest things to photograph, but this one obligingly stopped flying for a few seconds! Diptera: Syrphidae Here’s a web site all about hoverflies in Japan: http://homepage2.nifty.com/syrphidae/index.htm

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Impatiens Hawk Moth

I found this hawk moth on the door of my car and recognized it as an Impatiens Hawk Moth (sesujisuzume), a moth that I’d been hoping to see since finding a caterpillar last year (here). Lepidoptera: Sphingidae Impatiens Hawk Moth … Continue reading

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Japanese Gypsy Moth

This female gypsy moth (maimaiga) had not long emerged from its pupa, and was sitting in a conifer tree. I’m not sure about the situation in Japan, but in the United States, the gypsy moth is a very serious pest … Continue reading

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Tiger Moth

I found this tiger moth (kanokoga) in the evening in dense vegetation. Lepidoptera: Arctiidae Yellow Tiger Moth = kihadakanoko = Amata germana nigricauda

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Weevil

In Japanese, weevils are called zoumushi, which means “elephant insects,” because their heads are elongated into a beak or rostrum (with mandibles at the end). The species I found today had a relatively short rostrum. It had a very effective … Continue reading

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Swallowtail Butterflies

There were so many swallowtail butterflies (ageha) flying around our neighborhood this afternoon. I managed to get pictures of both a male and a female. These really are magnificent butterflies. Lepidoptera: Papilionidae Swallowtail = namiageha = Papilio xuthus Found a … Continue reading

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Rhinoceros Beetles

The children insisted on buying a pair of Japanese Rhinoceros Beetles (kabutomushi). They are now enjoying life in a big tank in our living room, stuffing their faces with fruit jelly (which I’m sure is not a common food in … Continue reading

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Herons and Egrets

Saw three grey herons and two intermediate egrets near the road on the way to work this morning. Drove off the main road and parked on a farm track to take some photos from the car window. One of the … Continue reading

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