Monthly Archives: July 2010

Stick insects

I decided to go to one of my favourite insect-hunting spots today. It’s a hot 3km walk from my house but it’s worth the effort because the place is always teeming with life. The path leaves the road next to … Continue reading

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Damselfly: Calopteryx atrata

This species of damselfly is very common and I almost always see them when I’m walking in the local forests in summer. They gather in large numbers along the forest paths and it’s wonderful to see them flitting around with … Continue reading

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Weevil: Merus flavosignatus

Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Merus flavosignatus Also: Mecysolobus flavosignatus Weevil = kisuji-ashinaga-zoumushi Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Longhorn beetle: Anoplophora malasiaca

These are big longhorns (around 30mm) and they were all over the place in the orchards I visited today. I found about 10 and, by the looks of things, they were finding one another pretty easily too ! Coleoptera: Cerambycidae … Continue reading

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Jewel beetle: Nalanda rutilicollis

This tiny jewel beetle was a little devil — running around like crazy and refusing to smile for his photo! Hence the not-quite-in-focus photos. Only about 3mm long but what a beauty. Coleoptera: Buprestidae: Nalanda rutilicollis Jewel beetle = mune-aka-chibi-naka-boso-tamushi … Continue reading

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Rove beetle: Ontholestes gracilis

I thought this was some kind of dragonfly nymph at first. However, it was on the underside of a big mushroom — a pretty weird place to find one. Taking a closer look, I could see it was a type … Continue reading

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