Monthly Archives: April 2010

Ringlet Butterfly

I’m pretty certain that this identification is correct, but this butterfly has different markings to the typical ones in all of my butterfly and insect books, which are for mainland Japan. However, the markings are very similar to those for … Continue reading

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Black and Red Carpenter Ant

The highlight of my day today was going for a walk through our local forest park (fureai-no-mori). I found several of these large (8mm) black and red carpenter ants feeding on the nectar of wild strawberry flowers. More information at … Continue reading

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Shousuke Mura

We spent most of the day at a Spring Festival in the small village of Shousuke-mura in Munakata. The cherry blossom and oilseed rape looked really good together. At 22 degrees C, it was a hot day for the beginning … Continue reading

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Gentian

I don’t normally take many pictures of flowers, but I thought these Gentians were too pretty to miss! Location: Shousuke-mura near Global Arena in Munakata (google map)

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Black-tipped Leafhopper

Hemiptera: Cicadellidae Bothrogonia ferruginea Black-tipped Leafhopper = tsumaguro-oo-yokobai Location: Shousuke-mura near Global Arena in Munakata (google map)

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False Blister Beetle

The male of this species has enlarged hind femurs. Coleoptera: Oedemeridae Oedemeronia lucidicollis false blister beetle = momobuto-kamikirimodoki Location: Shousuke-mura near Global Arena in Munakata (google map)

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Japanese Peach Weevil

This Japanese Peach Weevil was sitting on a leaf in the garden, directly below a peach tree. This species is a significant pest of peaches, pears, and apples. Unfortunately it was getting dark so I couldn’t get a decent photo, … Continue reading

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