August 2005


Visited a small nature reserve on the way to work this morning. It’s called Tsurugidake Nature Park and is located near Kurate. It was quite cloudy but there were plenty of butterflies. Here are five species I managed to photograph:

Hestina japonicaHestina japonica
Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae
Hestina japonica = Gomadara-chou
(A bit tatty unfortunately)

Kaniska canaceKaniska canaceKaniska canaceKaniska canace
Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae
Blue admiral = Kaniska canace = ruri tateha
(As you can see from the lower two pictures, when it closes its wings the butterfly seems to disappear!)

lycaenidlycaenid
Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae
(I haven’t identified this one yet. It was feeding on bird droppings.)

Zizeeria mahaZizeeria maha
Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae
Pale Grass Blue = Zizeeria maha = yamato shijimi
(This is one of the commonest butterflies in Japan)

Neope spp.Neope spp.
Lepidoptera: Satyridae
Neope spp. = kimadara hikage
There are two species: Neope goschkevitschii & Neope niphonica.
These used to be regarded as the same species and are quite difficult to distinguish.

Visited a small nature reserve on the way to work this morning. It’s called Tsurugidake Nature Park and is located near Kurate. At the top of the hill there were a couple of rotten trees that were covered in fungi. On the tree were two specimens of this “rainbow beetle” (naganiji gomimushi damashi), which eats fungi.

Coleoptera: tenebrionidae (darkling beetles)
Ceropria induta = naganiji gomimushi damashi

Ceropria indutaCeropria indutatree covered in bracket fungi

Walking through Fukuoka City, I looked down from the bridge over the Naka River and saw this night heron. It was standing on the concrete at the edge of the river, just below a busy food stall (yatai) in the city’s entertainment district. It’s amazing that such a beautiful bird would choose to look for food in this ugly location!

Black-crowned Night Heron = Nycticorax nycticorax = goisagi

goisagigoisagigoisagiNaka River and Kawabata