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Green Lacewing Larva

This Green Lacewing larva (J: kusakagerou no youchuu) was crawling across our dining room table. I think it came into the house on some vegetables. As you can see, it’s covered in debris, presumably to protect itself. Lacewing larva such … Continue reading

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Acromantis japonica

This is a very small mantis — about 3cm long. Munakata, Japan. English name: Japanese boxer mantis Japanese name: hime-kamakiri Scientific name: Acromantis japonica

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Hirata Stag Beetle

This Hirata Stag Beetle was walking along the same path as me near Yamada Village in Munakata. Japanese name: hirata-kuwagata Scientific name: Dorcus titanus

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Huntsman Spider

This type of huntsman spider is called kamasu-gumo in Japanese — refering to the weaving pattern on its back (I think). Scientific name: Thelcticopis severa. Found near Yokoyama Village in Munakata.

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Lots of dragonflies (J: tombo) out and about yesterday as well. Here are two species of damselfly (smaller/thinner) and one true dragonfly. The blue one looks like a ruler so in Japanese it’s called monosashi-tombo i.e. “ruler damselfly” (it’s a … Continue reading

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Lesser Cuckoo

English: Lesser Cuckoo Japanese: hototogisu Scientific: Cuculus poliocephalus Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan). This bird is a brood parasite of the Japanese Bush Warbler (J: uguisu).

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Wasp-like Hoverfly

This very large hoverfly looks and behaves remarkably like a wasp. It’s one of the biggest hoverflies at 20mm in length. Japanese: shirosuji-naga-hanaabu Scientific: Milesia undulata Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Angled Sunbeam Butterfly

English: Angled Sunbeam Japanese: uragin-shijimi Scientific: Curetis acuta paracuta Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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Japanese Oakblue Butterfly

English: Japanese Oakblue Butterfly Japanese: murasaki-shijimi Scientific: Narathura japonica Found at Yokoyama Village in Munakata (Fukuoka, Japan)

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