July 2007


There were several of these scarlet camphor longhorns (kusu-beni-kamikiri) on a sweet chestnut tree in the park (where I found the frogs). They were very cooperative – easy to catch and easy to photograph. I wish all insects would pose so nicely!

Pyrestes nipponicusPyrestes nipponicusPyrestes nipponicusPyrestes nipponicusPyrestes nipponicusPyrestes nipponicus

Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
Pyrestes nipponicus = kusu-beni-kamikiri
= scarlet camphor longhorns

Driving home from the Education Center in Sasaguri, I came across a nice little park on the side of a mountain. The pond was full of life, including lots of these black-spotted pond frogs (tonosama-gaeru) and their tadpoles (otamajakushi).

pondRana nigromaculataRana nigromaculataRana nigromaculata

Amphibia: Anura: Ranidae
Rana nigromaculata = tonosama-gaeru
= black-spotted pond frog

Oberea mixtaOberea mixtaOberea mixta

Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorns)
Oberea mixta = nise-ringo-kamikiri (Apple borer)

This is the second time I’ve found one of these huge craneflies (Mikado gaganbo), but the last time I couldn’t get decent photos. I actually trod on this one by accident and it suffered no harm, so they seem to be pretty tough creatures! As you can see from the photo of me holding it, this really is a big insect, with a wingspan of around 8cm and a legspan of 15cm. Harmless of course, but I’m sure it would scare many people! [In comparison, the craneflies common in the UK are around 5 or 6cm from legtip to legtip.]

Ctenacroscelis mikadoCtenacroscelis mikadoCtenacroscelis mikado

Diptera: Tipulidae
Ctenacroscelis mikado = Mikado gaganbo

The first stag beetle of the year: Little Stag Beetle (ko-kuwagata). This one was running up a bank at the side of a path next to a pond (near Konominato in Fukuoka). This species is very common in Japan, and its range extends throughout the whole country and much of East Asia.

Dorcus rectusDorcus rectusDorcus rectusDorcus rectus

Coleoptera: Lucanidae
Dorcus rectus = ko-kuwagata (little stag beetle)

I found a field on a mountainside that I’d never visited before (between Munakata and Okagaki). Lots of insects but I couldn’t spend long there unfortunately (work to do…).
Although they are common, I’m always happy to see 28-spotted ladybirds (oo-nijuuya-hoshi-tentou).

Epilachna vigintioctomaculataEpilachna vigintioctomaculataEpilachna vigintioctomaculataEpilachna vigintioctomaculataEpilachna vigintioctomaculataEpilachna vigintioctomaculata

Coleoptera: Coccinellidae
Epilachna vigintioctomaculata = oo-nijuuya-hoshi-tentou (greater 28-spotted ladybird)