Longhorn: Cyrtoclytus caproides

It was a lucky chance that I looked up when I did and spotted this wasp beetle in the persimmon tree above me. I had to climb the tree to get the photos. In the third photo you can see that this is a female and she’s using her ovipositor to lay eggs in cracks in the tree bark. The larvae will then burrow into the wood, potentially causing a great deal of damage.

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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorns)
Cyrtoclytus caproides
Yellow-striped Wasp Beetle = kisuji-tora-kamikiri

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Click Beetle: Actenicerus pruinosus

I was just getting into position to take another photo, when the damn thing dropped itself off the plant and disappeared among the dead leaves on the ground. When these things play dead there is no spotting them!

Actenicerus pruinosus

Coleoptera: Elateridae
Actenicerus pruinosus
Speckled Click Beetle (lit.) = shimofuri-kometsuki

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Longhorn beetle: Rhaphuma diminuta

When I first saw these tiny black and white wasp beetles running around like crazy on a log, I thought they were weird ants. Then I looked closer and saw what they were. The ant in the picture is very small — the beetle is only 4 or 5mm. I had to wait about ten minutes before one of them would stand still enough for a photo!

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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae (Longhorn Beetles)
Rhaphuma diminuta
Small black wasp beetle = hime-kuro-tora-kamikiri

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Mosquito Season

Well, our long mosquito season is well and truly here. They were out in force today…

Aedes albopictus

Diptera: Culicidae
Aedes albopictus
Asian Tiger Mosquito = hitosujishima-ka

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)

Geometrid Moth: Problepsis albidior

It’s a pity but I couldn’t find an English common name for this beautiful moth. The literal translation of the Japanese name is “two-eyed big white princess geometrid” I think!

Problepsis albidior

Lepidoptera: Geometridae
Problepsis albidior
= futatsu-me-oo-shiro-hime-shaku

Location: fureiai-no-mori Forest Park in Munakata (map here)