Monthly Archives: August 2006

Rhinoceros Beetles

I’ve found rhinoceros beetles (kabuto-mushi) every night that I’ve visited this nature park during the summer. The population must be pretty healthy, but unfortunately I also meet people coming to collect them. I met one guy who had about 20 … Continue reading

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Miyama Stag Beetle

We found this pretty big stag beetle (miyama-kuwagata) when we were out beetle hunting last night. We took it home to take some more photos and then released it in the same place. Coleoptera: Lucanidae Lucanus maculifemoratus Miyama stag beetle … Continue reading

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Hirata Stag Beetle

We found a few of these stag beetles (hirata-kuwagata) when we were out beetle hunting last night. It was great to find a male and female feeding together on tree sap. We brought them home to take some photographs and … Continue reading

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Beetle Hunting

I took my kids and the neighbor’s kids out beetle hunting last night. It was a bit spooky in the forest, but we found a few stag beetles (kuwagata-mushi) and rhinocerous beetles (kabuto-mushi), so everyone was happy! Location: Tsurugidake Natural … Continue reading

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Two species of hornet

This was at night in a forest park near Nogata, called Tsurugi-dake Natural Park (map here), and it’s a great place to find stag beetles (kuwagata) and Japanese rhinoceros beetles (kabuto-mushi). I found two species of hornet (and lots of other things!) feeding … Continue reading

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Burrowing Cockroach

We were happy to find this burrowing cockroach (oogokiburi) when we visited Sugao-no-taki Waterfall near Kitakyushu. Insecta: Pterygota: Blattodea Burrowing cockroach: oogokiburi: Panesthia angustipennis spadica

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Five-lined Skink

We spotted this five-lined skink (nihontokage) when we were at Sugao-no-taki Waterfalls near Kitakyushu. Young five-lined skinks, like this one, have blue tails and five lines down their bodies. They lose these when they become adult. Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae (skinks) … Continue reading

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Jellyfish & more

Went snorkelling with my friends Bob and Chris in a different place to usual, near a small lighthouse just up the coast from Ashiya. Link to map and aerial photo here. We immediately realized our mistake of swimming in the … Continue reading

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Lionfish & Eel

Very exciting dip in the sea today! Spotted a beautiful lionfish (kasago) and several eels (unagi). The lionfish was only about 50m out from a very popular beach, which is a little concerning since it has venomous spines. This is … Continue reading

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Antlion

Antlions (usubakagerou) are so called because their young prey on ants, which they catch by constructing pitfall traps in sandy soil, lying in wait at the bottom with their mandibles open. The adults feed on pollen and nectar. This one … Continue reading

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