Monthly Archives: May 2008

Luciola cruciata

It’s firefly season again, which means that we can walk down to the nearby stream to watch their pretty green lights. However, the first firefly I found this year was during the daytime! Coleoptera: Lampyridae (fireflies) Luciola cruciata Genji firefly … Continue reading

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Patanga japonica

Orthoptera: Catantopidae Patanga japonica = tsuchi-inago Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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White Admiral Butterfly

Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae Limenitis camilla japonica White Admiral Butterfly = ichimonji-chou Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Lyriothemis pachygastra

This is a female. The male of this species is blue. Odonata: Libellulidae Lyriothemis pachygastra (female) = hara-biro-tombo Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Ox Bug

The Japanese name for this bug is “ushi-kamemushi,” which can be translated as “cow bug” or “ox bug.” I guess the name comes from the horn-like projections on its thorax – giving it the appearance of an ox. I thinks … Continue reading

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Coccinella septempunctata

Although these ladybirds are common, I thought I’d post this picture of one eating an aphid. Coleoptera: Coccinellidae Coccinella septempunctata seven-spot ladybird = nanahoshi-tentou-mushi Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Ceropria induta

This species of darkling beetle has a beautiful metallic rainbow coloration. Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae (darkling beetles) Ceropria induta = naga-niji-gomimushi-damashi Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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White-striped Longhorn Beetle

Fantastic!!! My heart almost stopped when I spotted this huge white-striped longhorn beetle (shirosuji-kamikiri) hanging upside down in a tree! I had no idea that Japanese longhorns could get as big as this – just over 5cm body length plus … Continue reading

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Adoretus tenuimaculatus

These small brown chafers are extremely common. Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae Adoretus tenuimaculatus Dark brown chafer = koicha-kogane Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Leaf-rolling Weevil

We have a great little insect book that has a page of photos showing the silhouettes of insects on leaves. Ever since they saw the book, my kids have wanted me to take such a photo myself. I had a … Continue reading

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