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Pyrrhona laeticolor

I went to one of my favorite collecting spots on the way to university today – a small park near the main road between Nogata and Tagawa. I only had about 30 minutes to spare, but I thought it was … Continue reading

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Dere thoracica

This lovely little (8mm) longhorn was running around on an old log and would not keep still! It flew onto my hand and then away into the forest… Coleoptera: Cerambycidae Dere thoracica longhorn beetle = hotaru-kamikiri (“firefly longhorn”) Location: Fureiai … Continue reading

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Stenodryas clavigera

It was getting dark so I was on my way home… And there it was, a tiny longhorn beetle sitting on a leaf, waiting to have its photo taken! I’d spent about 5 hours looking for longhorns and here was … Continue reading

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Warty Leaf Beetle

I’m not sure if “warty leaf beetle” is the real common name for this kind of beetle, but it seems to be apt. The one I found was so tiny (3mm) and just looked like a seed or something stuck … Continue reading

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Small Tortoise Beetle

Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles) Cassida piperata tortoise beetle = hime-kamenoko-hamushi Location: Small woods next to Munakata Common (Google map)

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Swallowtail butterfly

On my way to the station this morning I found this newly emerged black swallowtail butterfly (jakou ageha) next to the remains of its chrysalis on a tree. It was exciting enough to find my first black swallowtail of the … Continue reading

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False Blister Beetle

“False blister beetles” are also known also as “pollen feeding beetles.” See University of Florida article here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IN311 [Not a good photo as it was in deep shade and moving around…] Coleoptera: Oedemeridae Oedemeronia sexualis false blister beetle = futairo-kamikirimodoki … Continue reading

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Long-Horned Bee

These long-horned bees are very common – I’ve seen lots of them every time I’ve gone for a walk in the last week or so. Hymenoptera: Apidae Eucera nipponensis (Syn. Tetralonia nipponensis) Long-horned bee = nippon-higenaga-hanabachi Location: Edge of field … Continue reading

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Rhinoceros Beetles

I’ve found rhinoceros beetles (kabuto-mushi) every night that I’ve visited this nature park during the summer. The population must be pretty healthy, but unfortunately I also meet people coming to collect them. I met one guy who had about 20 … Continue reading

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Miyama Stag Beetle

We found this pretty big stag beetle (miyama-kuwagata) when we were out beetle hunting last night. We took it home to take some more photos and then released it in the same place. Coleoptera: Lucanidae Lucanus maculifemoratus Miyama stag beetle … Continue reading

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