Monthly Archives: April 2006

First snake this year

It was really warm and sunny today (around 25 degrees Centigrade) which brought out the reptiles. The kids caught ten lizards in the garden! And, while walking along a stream not far from the house, I spotted my first snake … Continue reading

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Black-spotted leaf beetle

This leaf beetle is quite small (about 5mm) but its coloration really makes it stand out. When I went for a walk this morning, I found lots of them on the plants growing alongside the stream that runs through the … Continue reading

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Leaf beetles

Went for a walk through the fields and found literally hundreds of these dark metallic blue leaf beetles (hamushi) on the plants growing beside the stream. It’s obviously a common species. Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles): Fleutiauxia armata (kuwa-hamushi) [identification to … Continue reading

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Coraebus quadriundulatus

We found a few of these tiny jewel beetles (tamamushi) on some leaves. They have white undulating lines across the elytra (hence the latin name “quadriundulatus”). Coleoptera: Buprestidae (jewel beetles) Coraebus quadriundulatus = shiroobi-nakaboso-tamamushi Location: Near Munakata Common Google map: … Continue reading

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Cantharid beetle

There were so many of these cantharid beetles on the hedge parsley in the clearing (of the woods right near my home). It’s obviously an extremely common species around here! Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Podabrus heydeni (kubiboso joukai)

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Female oil beetle

This female oil beetle (blister beetle) was a surprise find – just sitting there in the open (and unable to fly or run)! Obviously very confident that the caustic “oil” that exudes from her limbs would be adequate protection from … Continue reading

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Red longhorn

I went out specifically to find longhorn beetles today, so I was very pleased to find this nice specimen on oilseed rape (nanohana). It’s a red bamboo longhorn beetle (benikamikiri). I’d wanted to take it home to show the kids, … Continue reading

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Small flower beetles

There were hundreds of these small flower beetles on the hedge parsley. The name in Japanese (hirata hanamuguri) means flat flower beetle, because this species has a relatively flat body. Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Nipponovalgus angusticollis (hirata hanamuguri)

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Hunchbacked Fly

Lots of these small (6-8mm) strange-looking hunchbacked flies hanging around the hedge parsley in a clearing in the woods. Not easily disturbed. Diptera: Acroceridae: Philopota nigroaenea (sedakakogashira abu)

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Tussock moth caterpillars

Found a group of approximately 50 yellow and black tussock moth caterpillars on ivy wrapped around a chestnut tree. Tussock moths are so-named because the caterpillars have four distinctive dorsal tufts of hair. The species I found is called dokuga … Continue reading

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