Monthly Archives: May 2007

Carpenter ants nuptial flight

These are pretty big ants (around 10mm long). The hole was in sandy soil and opened directly (i.e. without a mound). The nuptial flight was just about to start when I came across the hole, and it was interesting to … Continue reading

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Forest cockroach nymphs

Forest cockroach nymphs. These are very common in the leaf litter. Insecta: Dictyoptera: Blattodea Blattella nipponica = mori chabane gokiburi

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Leaf Beetle

Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae Paridea angulicollis Leaf beetle = atoboshi-hamushi Location: Fields near Genkai New Town (Google map)

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Siberian Meadow Bunting

Passeriformes: Emberizidae (buntings) Emberiza cioides = Siberian Meadow Bunting (hoojiro)

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Digger Wasp

Adult digger wasps (jigabachi) feed on pollen. They also hunt caterpillars, but they use these as food for their young. The adult female digs a burrow in the sand, catches a caterpillar, which she paralyzes using a special poison, and … Continue reading

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Black swallowtail butterflies

Found two species of black swallowtail butterflies within a few meters of each other (on the edge of a neighbors garden). “Crow” swallowtail = karasu ageha = Papilio bianor dehaanii Black swallowtail = kuro ageha = Papilio protenor demetrius

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Lots of Lizards

I was surprised at the number of lizards in the garden this year, and then the kids gave me the explanation. The kids next door had collected about 20 from their garden and other places, but their mother didn’t want … Continue reading

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Gecko in the house

This common Japanese gecko (nihon yamori) jumped into the living room when I opened the window. We lost it for a few days but it eventually showed up in the bedroom, so I let it go in the garden. Japanese … Continue reading

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