Monthly Archives: October 2006

Small Copper

Found a few of these small copper butterflies (benishijimi) on a walk with the kids along a country lane. Very easy to photograph (the butterflies and kids!). Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae benishijimi = Lycaena phlaeas daimio

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Hawk moth caterpillar

This beautiful hawk moth caterpillar was sitting on a tree support post (keyaki tree) at the university in Tagawa. Probably looking for a good place to pupate. Information (& pictures) in Japanese here. Lepidoptera: Sphingidae unmonsuzume = Callambulyx tatarinovii

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Dung Beetle

Found a couple of these dung beetles on the road next to a rice paddy. The Japanese name is senchikogane. The first part of the name senchi is the old name for Japanese toilets (holes in the ground) and the … Continue reading

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Pheromone Traps

One of the fields (of sweet potatoes) that I regularly walk past has several pheromone traps around it, so I decided to find out what they were trapping. The moths inside the trap were pretty battered and hard to identify, … Continue reading

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Pied Wagtail

Order: Passeriformes; Family: Motacillidae Motacilla alba Pied (White) Wagtail = hakuse-kirei Location: Munakata

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Giant carabid

I met this huge carabid walking at high speed along the path towards me. It was very easy to catch but was pretty aggressive, with large mandibles. At about 50mm long it was a very impressive specimen. It’s called a … Continue reading

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Tiger Keelback

The Tiger Keelback or Japanese Water Snake (yamakagashi) is such a beautiful snake, with red and black spots along its body, but it is also venomous. Apparently there are not too many cases of people being killed because the snake … Continue reading

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Longheaded grasshopper

The female of this species is really huge, almost 8cm long in some cases, which makes it Japan’s largest grasshopper. As you can see in the photo, the male/female size difference is considerable. Although the distance they jump can be … Continue reading

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Tiger Beetle

There were several of these beautiful tiger beetles along the path through the forest next to our campsite (in Kumamoto). I lay on the path and watched them hunting. Didn’t see any hunting success unfortunately! Order: Coleoptera Family: Carabidae Subfamily: … Continue reading

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Land Planarian

This graceful little planarian (flatworm) was gliding across some leaves at the side of the road in broad daylight. They usually prefer damp conditions and tend to be most active at night. Land planaria usually hunt earthworms and other small … Continue reading

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