Luciola cruciata

It’s firefly season again, which means that we can walk down to the nearby stream to watch their pretty green lights. However, the first firefly I found this year was during the daytime!

Luciola cruciataLuciola cruciata

Coleoptera: Lampyridae (fireflies)
Luciola cruciata
Genji firefly = genji-botaru

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

Ox Bug

The Japanese name for this bug is “ushi-kamemushi,” which can be translated as “cow bug” or “ox bug.” I guess the name comes from the horn-like projections on its thorax – giving it the appearance of an ox. I thinks it’s a really apt name.

Alcimocoris japonensisAlcimocoris japonensis

Hemiptera:
Alcimocoris japonensis
= ushi-kamemushi (= Ox bug?)

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

White-striped Longhorn Beetle

Fantastic!!! My heart almost stopped when I spotted this huge white-striped longhorn beetle (shirosuji-kamikiri) hanging upside down in a tree! I had no idea that Japanese longhorns could get as big as this – just over 5cm body length plus the same again for the antennae. I took a few photos and then couldn’t resist catching it to take home for the kids and neighbors to see. I will keep it for a couple of days and then return it to the place I found it.

Batocera lineolataBatocera lineolataBatocera lineolataBatocera lineolata
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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
Batocera lineolata
= shirosuji-kamikiri

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

Leaf-rolling Weevil

We have a great little insect book that has a page of photos showing the silhouettes of insects on leaves. Ever since they saw the book, my kids have wanted me to take such a photo myself. I had a great chance today…

Apoderus erythrogasterApoderus erythrogaster

Coleoptera: Attelabidae
Apoderus erythrogaster
leaf-rolling weevil = hime-kuro-otoshibumi

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