Monthly Archives: June 2006

Saw Longhorn Beetle

It had just started raining and I was rushing home when I spotted something pretty big in among the leaves of a bush next to the path. Almost missed it, but stopped and found this beautiful specimen! It’s called a … Continue reading

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Japanese White-eye

In a wooded area next to an orange grove. (Not the best picture in the world.) Passeriformes: Zosteropidae Zosterops japonicus = Japanese white-eye (mejiro)

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Great Tit

In a wooded area next to an orange grove. Passeriformes: Paridae Parus major = Great tit (shijuukara)

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Hotaru Moth

I often see these moths in the hedgerows when I go walking through the fields. These day-flying moths rest on the tops of leaves and fly slowly only a few meters when disturbed. They should therefore be easy prey for … Continue reading

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Siberian Meadow Bunting

Several of these buntings (hoojiro) were perched in various vantage points around an orange grove, singing away. Managed to get fairly close to them – they were too busy with their singing contest to notice me! Passeriformes: Emberizidae (buntings) Emberiza … Continue reading

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Firefly

If my identification is correct, then this was quite a good find. It’s a species of firefly in Japan’s Red List of rare species (see here). Coleoptera: Lampyridae Lychnuris discicollis = oomado-botaru Location: in the woods near Munakata Common (map)

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Red Striped Shield Bug

 A very handsome bug indeed! Hemiptera: Heteroptera:Pentatomidae Graphosoma rubrolineatum akasuji-kamemushi = Red Striped Shield Bug (or stink bug) Location: in the woods near Munakata Common (map)

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Tiger Beetle

Tiger beetles (hanmyou) are very fast-moving predatory beetles with bulging eyes, long slender legs, and large mandibles (jaws). They can run so fast that they could be considered the fastest running animals in the world (for their size). A 20mm-long … Continue reading

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Chestnut Tiger Butterfly

We were very happy to find this beautiful Chestnut Tiger Butterfly (asagi-madara) today. It was even feeding on sweet chestnut flowers so it’s obvious where the name comes from. This species is fascinating and famous because of its migratory behaviour. … Continue reading

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