November 2007

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.

Platyptilia farfarellaPlatyptilia farfarella

Plume Moth = ezogiku-toriba-ga

Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae
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 auratusGeotrupes auratusGeotrupes auratusGeotrupes auratus

Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae
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).

Ikeura DamIkeura DamIkeura DamTenodera aridifoliaTenodera aridifoliaTenodera aridifolia

Class: Insecta; Order: Mantodea; Family: Mantidae
oo-kamakiri = Japanese Giant Mantis
Tenodera aridifolia

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.

Vanessa indicaVanessa indica

Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae
Vanessa indica
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.

Meloe coarctatusMeloe coarctatusMeloe coarctatus

Coleoptera: Meloidae
Meloe coarctatus

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.

cow farmPhaulula macilentaPhaulula macilentaPhaulula macilenta

Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae

Phaulula macilenta = hime-kudamaki-modoki

Location: Side of road near cow farm close to Munakata Common (map).