Monthly Archives: September 2007

Yellow-Spotted Stink Bug

Lots of these yellow-spotted stink bugs (kimadara-kamemushi) on the trees in the park next to my children’s school. Although it is not native to Japan, it is very common in Fukuoka. It is listed on Australia’s Pests and Diseases Image … Continue reading

Posted in Hemiptera, Insects | Comments Off on Yellow-Spotted Stink Bug

Dictyopharid Planthopper

This dictyopharid planthopper (nakano-tengu-sukeba) was in our living room yesterday evening. The Japanese name includes “tengu” after the long-nosed mountain goblins (see here). HEMIPTERA: Homoptera (Auchenorrhyncha): Dictyopharidae Dictyophara nakanonis = nakano-tengu-sukeba ************** Found this interesting on-line entomology class: http://eny3005.ifas.ufl.edu/lab1/Homoptera/Dictyopharid.htm

Posted in Hemiptera, Insects | 1 Comment

Stick Insect

It was great to find this stick insect (nanafushi) today. I remember keeping them as pets when I was a kid in the UK – we had to buy them from an insect supplier – and now I live somewhere … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Phasmida | 2 Comments

Small Bush-Cricket

Quite a small bush-cricket (kirigirisu) with green sides and a brown top. Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae (katydids/bush-crickets) Conocephalus melas = sasakiri Location: Path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

Posted in Insects, Orthoptera | Comments Off on Small Bush-Cricket

Hornet

There are several species of hornet in Japan. This one is Vespa tropica pulchra (hime-suzume-bachi ) and it is said to be the least aggressive and least toxic of the hornets. It is easy to identify because, unlike other hornets, … Continue reading

Posted in Hymenoptera, Insects | Comments Off on Hornet

Japanese Mantis

Insecta: Mantodea: Mantidae Tenodera angustipennis Japanese Mantis = chousen-kamakiri Location: path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

Posted in Insects, Mantodea | Comments Off on Japanese Mantis

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

These stink bugs live up to their name. If you accidently squash one… well, they stink! They sometimes come into the house which is a bit of a nuisance. This species is also a pest of fruit trees (such as … Continue reading

Posted in Hemiptera, Insects | Comments Off on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Potter Wasp

Hymenoptera: Eumenidae Eumenes micado Mikado Potter Wasp = mikado-tokkuri-bachi Location: path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

Posted in Hymenoptera, Insects | Comments Off on Potter Wasp

Locust nymph

This species of locust (tsuchi-inago) is very common. The adults are quite large (up to 6cm) but not as big as the migratory locust (tonosama-bata). Orthoptera: Catantopidae Patanga japonica Locust = tsuchi-inago Location: path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

Posted in Insects, Orthoptera | Comments Off on Locust nymph

Locust

This is the same species of migratory locust (em>tonosama-bata) that is famous (infamous) as a pest in Africa. We get plenty of them here in Japan, but they don’t swarm like they do in Africa (at least not to my … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Orthoptera | Comments Off on Locust