July 2008


I’ve seen plenty of these butterflies before, but this was the first time that I managed to get a close-up shot with the wings open. It’s a bit tatty, though!

Narathura japonica japonicaNarathura japonica japonica

Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae:
Narathura japonica japonica
= murasaki-shijimi

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

Robber fly (shioya-abu) with one of its favorite prey, a Japanese Beetle (mamekogane).

Promachus yesonicusPromachus yesonicusPromachus yesonicus

Diptera: Asilidae
Promachus yesonicus
= shioya-abu

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

Until you get close to them, these clearwing moths (sukashiba) look remarkably like wasps. They even imitate wasps in their flight behavior, flying actively from leaf to leaf during daylight.

Toleria contaminataToleria contaminata
Toleria contaminataToleria contaminataToleria contaminata

Lepidoptera: Sesiidae
Toleria contaminata
= hachimagai-sukashiba-ga

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

Daimio tethysDaimio tethys

Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae (skippers)
Daimio tethys
= daimyou-seseri

Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

Laius histrioLaius histrioLaius histrio

Coleoptera: Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Laius histrio
= hiro-obi-joukai-modoki

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

Lestes japonicus

Odonata: Lestidae
Lestes japonicus
Damselfly = kobane-aoito-tonbo

Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

This magnificent Rhinoceros Beetle (kabuto-mushi) was just lying on its back under a tree – in broad daylight which is unusual. I put it on the tree and it stayed there. Barely alive or stunned?

Allomyrina dichotomaAllomyrina dichotomaAllomyrina dichotomaAllomyrina dichotoma

Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae
Allomyrina dichotoma
Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle = kabuto-mushi

Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

Ypthima argus

Lepidoptera: Satyridae
Ypthima argus
Common Five-ring Butterfly = hime-uranami-janome

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

Megymenum gracilicorne

Hemiptera: Pentatomoidea
Megymenum gracilicorne
Shield Bug = nokogiri-kamemushi

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

Orosanga japonicus

Hemiptera: Ricaniidae
Orosanga japonicus
Planthopper = bekkou-hagoromo

Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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