Monthly Archives: June 2010

Longhorn: Leptura ochraceofasciata

It’s very hot and humid today and rain is forecast so I almost didn’t go out… But I couldn’t resist the urge to go and look for beetles! The best find of the day was this flower longhorn beetle, which … Continue reading

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Xanthochroa hilleri

Walking home from the train station last night, I stopped at every vending machine to see what had been attracted to the lights. This is a false blister beetle (“false longhorn” is the translation of the Japanese). Coleoptera: Oedemeridae (false … Continue reading

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Ozotomerus nigromaculatus

I walked the 6km from the train station to my house last night — arriving home around midnight. This was by choice of course because I wanted to check for insects on all the vending machines, which act as great … Continue reading

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Weevil: Aplotes roelofsi

I spent a couple of hours rooting around in what should be called “mosquito city” — an overgrown and forgotten corner of my local community that seems to be the main source of all the mosquitoes in the area. Being … Continue reading

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Black spider wasp

This was a great find! It’s a small spider wasp (about 10mm) carrying a fairly big spider. The wasp seems to have bitten off the spider’s legs — presumably to make carrying it easier. The wasp will dig a hole … Continue reading

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Elm leaf beetle: Pyrrhalta maculicollis

I found lots of these elm leaf beetles today — probably 20 or more. I hope that doesn’t mean the local elm trees are in trouble… Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles) Pyrrhalta maculicollis Elm leaf beetle = nire-hamushi Location: Munakata Common … Continue reading

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Jewel beetle: Ovalisia vivata

Rei and I went for a short walk near the house and found two of these metallic green/red jewel beetles. This species is wood boring and probably a pest, but that doesn’t stop it from being a very beautiful insect. … Continue reading

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Longhorn: Olenecamptus formosanus

What a beauty!! I found this lovely white longhorn beetle underneath a leaf just on the edge of the forest. It’s antennae are almost three times the length of its body. (Why?!) Coleoptera: Cerambycidae Olenecamptus formosanus = takasago-shiro-kamikiri Location: fureiai-no-mori … Continue reading

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Turtle: Red-eared slider

This river turtle (or terrapin) was huge! I didn’t realise they got as big as this. It was a good 30cm long and obviously heavy — just look at the splash it made when it jumped in. The name “slider” … Continue reading

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