Narathura japonica japonica

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!

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Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae:
Narathura japonica japonica
= murasaki-shijimi

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

Robber Fly

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

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Diptera: Asilidae
Promachus yesonicus
= shioya-abu

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

Toleria contaminata

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.

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Toleria contaminataToleria contaminataToleria contaminata

Lepidoptera: Sesiidae
Toleria contaminata
= hachimagai-sukashiba-ga

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

Rhinoceros Beetle

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?

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

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