Fantastic!!! My heart almost stopped when I spotted this huge white-striped longhorn beetle (shirosuji-kamikiri) hanging upside down in a tree! I had no idea that Japanese longhorns could get as big as this – just over 5cm body length plus the same again for the antennae. I took a few photos and then couldn’t resist catching it to take home for the kids and neighbors to see. I will keep it for a couple of days and then return it to the place I found it.

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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
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= shirosuji-kamikiri

Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo)
Map: Google map link