Monthly Archives: April 2008

Giraffe Beetle

This type of long-necked leaf-rolling weevil is sometimes called a giraffe beetle (for obvious reasons). Coleoptera: Attelabidae Cycnotrachelus roelofsi giraffe beetle = egotsurukubi-otoshibumi Location: Near Munakata Common(Google map)

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Reindeer Beetle

“Reindeer Beetle” is not the official name of this click beetle, but my kids thought it was the best name! The male uses these huge feathery antennae for detecting females. I found two males today in two different places, so … Continue reading

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Year’s first longhorn

The first longhorn beetle of the year and, happily, it was a species I hadn’t found before. In fact, I spotted this one quite by accident – I was zooming in on a moth that had just landed on a … Continue reading

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Harlequin Ladybird

This Asian Ladybird, or lady beetle, is also known as the Harlequin ladybird because of its diverse color variations. I often see them with two red spots on a black background, but it can also have many black spots on … Continue reading

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Koala Weevil

“Koala Weevil” is not the official name of this weevil, but it doesn’t have an English common name and Aya thought it looked like a koala hugging a branch! If you look closely, it has what are probably tiny aphid … Continue reading

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Oriental Beetle

The oriental beetle (semadara-kogane) is a serious invasive pest species in the United States. It’s absent from the EU, but is on the A1 List of pests kept by the EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization). Here’s a link … Continue reading

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Leaf Beetle

I found this tiny leaf beetle on a sweet chestnut tree, but it did the usual leaf beetle “play-dead-and-fall-off-the leaf” trick. Quite a struggle to find it among the weeds below the tree. Not wanting to lose it again, I … Continue reading

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Swallowtail butterfly

On my way to the station this morning I found this newly emerged black swallowtail butterfly (jakou ageha) next to the remains of its chrysalis on a tree. It was exciting enough to find my first black swallowtail of the … Continue reading

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Black and Red Leaf Beetle

There were several of these black-spotted leaf beetles (kuroboshi tsutsuhamushi) at the side of the path. The males (first photo) were much smaller than the females (other photos). Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae (hamushi-ka) Cryptocephalus signaticeps black-spotted leaf beetle = kuroboshi tsutsuhamushi Location: … Continue reading

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False Blister Beetle

“False blister beetles” are also known also as “pollen feeding beetles.” See University of Florida article here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN311 [Not a good photo as it was in deep shade and moving around…] Coleoptera: Oedemeridae Oedemeronia sexualis false blister beetle = futairo-kamikirimodoki … Continue reading

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