Monthly Archives: July 2008

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! Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Narathura japonica japonica = murasaki-shijimi Location: In sweet … Continue reading

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Robber Fly

Robber fly (shioya-abu) with one of its favorite prey, a Japanese Beetle (mamekogane). Diptera: Asilidae Promachus yesonicus = shioya-abu Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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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. Lepidoptera: Sesiidae Toleria contaminata = hachimagai-sukashiba-ga Location: In sweet chestnut … Continue reading

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Daimio tethys

Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae (skippers) Daimio tethys = daimyou-seseri Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

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Laius histrio

Coleoptera: Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles) Laius histrio = hiro-obi-joukai-modoki Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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Lestes japonicus

Odonata: Lestidae Lestes japonicus Damselfly = kobane-aoito-tonbo Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

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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? Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae Allomyrina dichotoma Japanese … Continue reading

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Ypthima argus

Lepidoptera: Satyridae Ypthima argus Common Five-ring Butterfly = hime-uranami-janome Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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Megymenum gracilicorne

Hemiptera: Pentatomoidea Megymenum gracilicorne Shield Bug = nokogiri-kamemushi Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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Orosanga japonicus

Hemiptera: Ricaniidae Orosanga japonicus Planthopper = bekkou-hagoromo Location: In sweet chestnut grove next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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