Monthly Archives: May 2010

Soldier Beetle: Malthinus mucoreus

This soldier beetle was really tiny and I almost didn’t see it under the leaf. Coleoptera: Cantharidae (soldier beetles) Malthinus mucoreus = kuro-suji-tsumaki-joukai Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

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Robber fly: Laphria mitsukurii

I’ve never noticed this kind of robber fly before, probably because it resembles a bumblebee. It has wonderful eyes that follow your every move. A pretty efficient predator I’d say. Diptera: Asilidae Laphria mitsukurii Robber fly = oo-ishi-abu Location: fureiai-no-mori … Continue reading

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Longhorn: Rhopaloscelis unifasciatus

Quite a small (8mm) and well-hidden longhorn, but I managed to find two of them today. And I’ve never found this species before, so I’m happy! Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles) Rhopaloscelis unifasciatus = hito-obi-arage-kamikiri Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata … Continue reading

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Japanese Pit Viper

Today was very special — I found a Japanese pit viper (mamushi)! Every year I keep my eyes peeled for them, and I once found a dead one, but this is the first time I’ve been lucky enough to find … Continue reading

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Black Ratsnake

A great day for snakes! I spotted the black ratsnake in the first photo at the side of the track and took a couple of photos before it slithered off into the grass. Then, only about 100m further down the … Continue reading

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Ant Lions

I stumbled across these small pits in a sandy area within Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka. I guessed they were ant lion pits, so I dug one up and there it was, the perfect little hidden hunter. What a ferocious-looking … Continue reading

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Fiddle Beetle

This very large carabid is called a “fiddle beetle” due to its shape. Among other things, it feeds on snails. This one seemed to be feeding on tree sap, unless it was eating the other insects that were feeding on … Continue reading

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A pretty poor photo I know, but this little leaf beetle flew off before I could get a second shot… Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles) Lema decempunctata = tohoshi-kubi-boso-hamushi Location: On the edge of Munakata Common (map)

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Click Beetle

Lots of these click beetles were flying around one particular tree (I’m sorry I didn’t identify the tree!). They are pretty big and their method of flying is quite ungainly, elytra out to the sides and abdomens hanging down, making … Continue reading

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Japanese Cedar Longhorn

Rei and I went for a walk in the forest and came across three small longhorn beetles running around on a freshly cut log. They would not keep still, which made taking photos difficult! At first I thought they might … Continue reading

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