Monthly Archives: July 2008

Epophthalmia elegans

I sat for half an hour in the baking heat (35 degrees C today) trying to get photos of these dragonflies (oo-yama-tombo) as they zoomed past me! I took around 100 photos and the ones below were the best. Link … Continue reading

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Pamendanga matsumurae

A very strange little bug. It looks like a mini cicada. Hemiptera: Derbidae Pamendanga matsumurae = madara-hanenaga-unka Location: Back road towards Yamada Village in Munakata (google map)

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Erebus ephesperis

This large moth looks like a dead leaf. When disturbed it flies a few metres and immediately settles at the base of a tree or among dead leaves. Despite its size (around 70mm wingspan), it is surprisingly difficult to spot. … Continue reading

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Dysaethria cretacea

This small moth looked like a bird dropping. Lepidoptera: Uraniidae Dysaethria cretacea = kisuji-shiro-futao Location: Back road towards Yamada Village in Munakata (google map)

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Oruza glaucotorna

Lepidoptera: Noctuidae Oruza glaucotorna = mon-shiro-kuruma-koyaga Location: Back road towards Yamada Village in Munakata (google map)

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Allotraeus rufescens

On the window of a convenience store. Coleoptera: Cerambycidae Allotraeus rufescens Longhorn Beetle = togehigetobiiro-kamikiri Location: Convenience store near Genkai Royal Hotel in Munakata (google map)

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Stick insect: Phraortes illepidus

Extremely hot day for walking today! We didn’t get so far but made some exciting discoveries, chief among which was this beautiful red-striped stick insect (eda-nanafushi). I should point out that only the male of this species has the red … Continue reading

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Eupromus ruber

There’s no doubt that this is a beautiful beetle, but the damage it does to trees seems to be pretty serious. Before I spotted it, I actually heard it chomping on the tree bark. It was a really dark area … Continue reading

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Pterolophia species

I couldn’t find a picture of this longhorn beetle in any of my field guides. However, it seems to be a species of Pterolophia and it is probably P. annulata, which I have found before (here). My difficulty in identification … Continue reading

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Bamboo Longhorn Beetle

I almost didn’t take photos of these wasp beetles (tora-kamikiri) because I thought I’d already got plenty of shots of this species. However, I took a couple of photos to test out my new camera and when I looked at … Continue reading

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