Monthly Archives: August 2007

Jewel Beetle

I finally managed to catch a jewel beetle (tamamushi)!! I saw one once before in Nogata but failed to catch it. Today, however, as soon as I heard it flying by (they’re noisy fliers!), I dropped my camera and everything … Continue reading

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Tiger Longhorns

┬áThese tiger longhorn beetles were a bit too busy to notice the photographer… Coleoptera: Cerambycidae Chlorophorus quinquefasciatus: yotsusuji torakamikiri Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Tiny jewel beetle

Coleoptera: Buprestidae Trachys auricollis kuzu-no-chibi-tamamushi (lit. kudzu tiny jewel beetle) Host plant: Pueraria lobata kuzu = Kudzu, or Japanese arrowroot (Page on this plant in Japanese) Location: Orchard area below Mt. Yukawa (google map)

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Leaf beetle

Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae Physosmaragdina nigrifrons kuro-obi-tsutsu-hamushi Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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What is it?

Saw this today… Any guesses? Click on the picture for more info.

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Oak Clearwing Moth

I found another excellent spot for entomology expeditions, and it’s only about 2km from my house. It’s an area of forest and mikan (orange) orchards, near Ikeda Village and just below Mt. Yukawa in Munakata (see aerial photo). There are … Continue reading

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Yellow Spotted Longhorn

I was pottering around in the small orange grove near the house when this beautiful longhorn beetle flew in over my head and landed on the branch right in front of my eyes… Just perfect!! Coleoptera: Cerambycidae Psacothea hilaris hilaris … Continue reading

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Spider catches Fantail

Just after I watched a fantailed skimmer (taiwan-uchiwa-yanma) take a butterfly skimmer (chou-tombo), I came across a big spider (nagakogane-gumo) that had managed to catch itself a fantail. It’s a tough world! Odonata: Gomphidae Ictinogomphus pertinax = taiwan-uchiwa-yanma (Taiwan fantailed … Continue reading

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Fantail takes Butterfly Skimmer

Well, I was wrong! In yesterday’s blog entry, I wrote that these fantailed skimmers (taiwan-uchiwa-yanma) and butterfly skimmers (chou-tombo) seemed to co-exist peacefully, but… Today I watched a fantail swoop down and grab a butterfly skimmer from its perch, then … Continue reading

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Anax parthenope

Back at the same pond as yesterday. I found out that it’s called oo-ike (big pond) – here’s a map. It was a really hot day (35 degrees C) so it felt good to be wading almost waist deep in … Continue reading

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