Plume moths (toriba-ga) are easy to recognize because of their narrow wings, which stretch out in a T-shape when the moths are resting.
Plume Moth = ezogiku-toriba-ga
Platyptilia farfarella (Zeller, 1867)
Location: in an orange grove on the side of Kodaiji-yama in Munakata (map)
Just as it was getting dark, I found this dung beetle (oosenchi kogane) trundling along a path in the forest.
See my previous post on this species: here
Geotrupes auratus (oosenchi kogane)
Location: forest on the side of kodaiji-yama in Munakata (map)
I went for a walk at Ikeura Dam with the kids this morning. The final week of November but the temperature was a balmy 18 degrees C. We saw plenty of butterflies and grasshoppers, but the best find of the day was this giant praying mantis (oo-kamakiri).
Class: Insecta; Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae
oo-kamakiri = Japanese Giant Mantis
Link to Google map: here
(Note: The map does not show this reservoir because it’s a new one.)
It’s nice still to see so many butterflies flying around even though it’s halfway through November. I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of Asian Red Admirals (aka-tateha) over the years, but I will never tire of them. I like the way they settle on the path seemingly without a care in the world.
Asian Red Admiral = aka-tateha
Location: Fureiai Forest Park in Munakata (map).
I’ve found oil beetles before (see this post and this one), but it was still exciting to see this one sitting on a leaf.
Oil beetle = hime-tsuchi-hanmyou
Location: Fureiai Forest Park in Munakata (map)
In England we call these green bush-crickets, while they are called katydids in America. This bush-cricket had only one hind leg, but I took the photos from its “good side” and it posed nicely against the sky with a few autumn leaves in the background for good effect.
Phaulula macilenta = hime-kudamaki-modoki
Location: Side of road near cow farm close to Munakata Common (map).