Found in the grounds of Fukuoka Women’s University. This moth is not a good flier and is therefore presumably poisonous (if eaten by birds I mean), hence the bright colors. I couldn’t find a common name for this species, but its Japanese name is hiroobi-tombo-edashaku. A related and very similar-looking species (Cystidia couaggaria) is a pest of apples and other fruit trees – the caterpillars are referred to as plum cankerworms.
Lepidoptera: Geometridae (shakuga): Ennominae (edashaku)
Cystidia truncangulata = hiroobi-tombo-edashaku.
I found this incredible caterpillar on a tree at the side of a popular jogging track next to Nagatani Dam in Kashii, Fukuoka. What a beaut!!
Japanese Owl Silkmoth = ibotaga
Location: Nagatani Dam, Kashii, Fukuoka (Google map)
On top of Mt Yukawa. This big dragonfly zoomed in and grabbed a butterfly right in front of my eyes. Very impressive!
I took a few photos but the dragonfly flew off, still carrying the butterfly. About half an hour later, by chance, I came across the half-eaten butterfly further down the hill.
Anax nigrofasciatus = kurosuji gin yanma
Graphium sarpedon nipponum = aosuji ageha
This bird is called a Melodious Laughingthrush or Hwamei, which comes from the Chinese for “painted eyebrow.” According to the research article below, it’s one of the most popular pet species in China.
Biodiversity research: Wildlife Trade in Southern China.
Also see Wikipedia article: here.
Leucodioptron canorum (aka. Garrulax canorus)
Hwamei = Melodious Laughingthrush = gabichou
Location: Munakata (google map here)
The Japanese name for this beetle is “Uri” (gourd) Leaf Beetle because of the shape.
“Uri” (gourd) Leaf Beetle = uri-hamushi
Location: In our garden.
This tiny (8mm) longhorn was on a leaf in the garden and at first I thought it was a weevil. Then I looked a bit closer and saw the long antennae. It would be almost impossible to spot on tree bark.
= atomonsabi kamikiri
This species of sawfly (shimajiro kuro habachi) seems to be pretty common, jumping from leaf to leaf hunting for prey. It is easy to identify with the distinctive white tips to its antennae and a white/yellow spot on its thorax.
Insecta: Hymenoptera: Symphyta (sawflies) = habachi
Macrophya apicalis = shimajiro kuro habachi
There are so many wild strawberries (no-ichigo) in our local area. It’s always nice to be able to eat them when going for a stroll…