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).

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Coleoptera: Oedemeridae (false blister beetles):
Xanthochroa hilleri
False blister beetle = ki-iro-kamikiri-modoki

Location: Munakata Common (map)

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3 Responses to Xanthochroa hilleri

  1. Columbine says:

    Sorry to be a bit off topic; I’m a long time lurker, I’ve been dipping in and out of your blog for a while. It’s awesome reading about all the different bugs that you’d never hear of otherwise.

    Anyway, I wanted to ask you if you would happen to know what this is; http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs099.snc4/36289_10150208849085206_561840205_13113346_5300209_n.jpg


    It’s a geometridae larvae, I’m pretty sure, but I can’t find which moth it might be. Any ideas?

  2. Nigel says:

    Hi Columbine,

    Thanks for your message — it’s nice to meet one of my “lurkers”!! Glad you like the site.

    I cannot say for certain, but your caterpillar looks like it belongs to the moth: Biston robustus. Here’s a link to the relevant page on the excellent JPmoth website: http://www.jpmoth.org/Geometridae/Ennominae/Biston_robustus_robustus.html

    Look at the bottom of the page for the larvae.

    Best wishes,

  3. Columbine says:

    Thanks so much! That certainly looks like it.



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