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 a stream and climbs up through overgrown sweet chestnut groves to some mikan orchards on the side of the hill. I never seem to make it to the top in summer because there’s so much to see (and photograph!) on the way up. What takes me 30 minutes to walk in the winter takes 4 or 5 hours in the summer!

I found three stick insects of two different species at the entrance to the path today. There were two male red-striped stick insects (eda-nanafushi) and one Japanese spiny stick insect (toge-nanafushi).

Phraortes illepidusPhraortes illepidusPhraortes illepidus

Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae
Phraortes illepidus
stick insect = eda-nanafushi

Neohirasea japonicaNeohirasea japonica

Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae
Neohirasea japonica
stick insect = toge-nanafushi

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