May 2010


It was a lucky chance that I looked up when I did and spotted this wasp beetle in the persimmon tree above me. I had to climb the tree to get the photos. In the third photo you can see that this is a female and she’s using her ovipositor to lay eggs in cracks in the tree bark. The larvae will then burrow into the wood, potentially causing a great deal of damage.

Cyrtoclytus caproidesCyrtoclytus caproidesCyrtoclytus caproidesCyrtoclytus caproidesCyrtoclytus caproidesCyrtoclytus caproides

Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorns)
Cyrtoclytus caproides
Yellow-striped Wasp Beetle = kisuji-tora-kamikiri

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Alcis angulifera

Lepidoptera: Geometridae
Alcis angulifera
= naka-usu-edashaku

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

I was just getting into position to take another photo, when the damn thing dropped itself off the plant and disappeared among the dead leaves on the ground. When these things play dead there is no spotting them!

Actenicerus pruinosus

Coleoptera: Elateridae
Actenicerus pruinosus
Speckled Click Beetle (lit.) = shimofuri-kometsuki

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

When I first saw these tiny black and white wasp beetles running around like crazy on a log, I thought they were weird ants. Then I looked closer and saw what they were. The ant in the picture is very small — the beetle is only 4 or 5mm. I had to wait about ten minutes before one of them would stand still enough for a photo!

Rhaphuma diminutaRhaphuma diminutaRhaphuma diminuta

Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles)
Rhaphuma diminuta
Small black wasp beetle = hime-kuro-tora-kamikiri

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

I didn’t know there were craneflies this pretty! It was quite a surprise to see it sitting on a tree.

Dictenidia pictipennisDictenidia pictipennisDictenidia pictipennis

Diptera: Tipulidae
Dictenidia pictipennis
Yellow cranefly = bekkou-gaganbo

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

This longhorn beetle shows a great deal of colour variation, including 8-spotted varieties (hence the name).

Leptura arcuata mimicaLeptura arcuata mimica

Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles)
Leptura arcuata mimica
= yatsuboshi-hana-kamikiri

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Daimio tethysDaimio tethys

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

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Well, our long mosquito season is well and truly here. They were out in force today…

Aedes albopictus

Diptera: Culicidae
Aedes albopictus
Asian Tiger Mosquito = hitosujishima-ka

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

It’s a pity but I couldn’t find an English common name for this beautiful moth. The literal translation of the Japanese name is “two-eyed big white princess geometrid” I think!

Problepsis albidior

Lepidoptera: Geometridae
Problepsis albidior
= futatsu-me-oo-shiro-hime-shaku

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Trichomachimus scutellarisTrichomachimus scutellarisTrichomachimus scutellaris

Diptera: Asilidae
Trichomachimus scutellaris
Robber fly = sakiguro-mushi-hiki

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

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