Monthly Archives: November 2005

Spiders in the sky

It’s autumn and there are lots of big beautiful spiders all over the place. Some of their webs are truly amazing in size. Here are a couple of common species: Tetragnathidae: Nephila clavata (jorou gumo) Araneidae: Argiope bruennichii (nagakogane gumo) … Continue reading

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Long-legged Centipede

I was looking for beetles under the bark of a rotten tree when this long-legged centipede ran out = quite a surprise! I guessed it was harmless enough so I caught it and took a few photos. Later found out … Continue reading

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Rove Beetles

Found a group of more than 20 rove beetles (family: Staphylinidae) under some straw at the edge of a rice field. This species is probably Paederus fuscipes (aobaarigatahanekakushi). “Staphylinidae are one of the largest families of beetles, with over 45,000 … Continue reading

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Oil Beetle

This oil beetle (tsuchihanmyou) was sitting on my doorstep when I came home last night. As you can see in the first photo, it played dead when I first picked it up. Oil beetles are fascinating insects, and not just … Continue reading

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