Extremely hot day for walking today! We didn’t get so far but made some exciting discoveries, chief among which was this beautiful red-striped stick insect (eda-nanafushi). I should point out that only the male of this species has the red stripes.

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Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae
Phraortes illepidus
= eda-nanafushi
= stick insect or walking stick

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