Pyrrhona laeticolor

I went to one of my favorite collecting spots on the way to university today – a small park near the main road between Nogata and Tagawa. I only had about 30 minutes to spare, but I thought it was worth a try. And, yes, it was worth it because I found this little beauty!

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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
Pyrrhona laeticolor laeticolor
longhorn beetle = heriusu-hana-kamikiri

Location: Park near Nogata (Google map)

Stenodryas clavigera

It was getting dark so I was on my way home… And there it was, a tiny longhorn beetle sitting on a leaf, waiting to have its photo taken! I’d spent about 5 hours looking for longhorns and here was one I’d never found before – very exciting!! The most obvious feature of this species is its thickened black femurs (“thighs”).

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Coleoptera: Cerambycidae
Stenodryas clavigera
longhorn beetle = ameiro-kamikiri

Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

Warty Leaf Beetle

I’m not sure if “warty leaf beetle” is the real common name for this kind of beetle, but it seems to be apt. The one I found was so tiny (3mm) and just looked like a seed or something stuck to the leaf. Then it flew to another leaf, giving the game away, and instantly attracting my attention. I’m quite pleased with the side view – what a weird little creature!

I’ve just realized that, if I’m right, the Japanese name (mushikuso-hamushi) means “insect poo leaf beetle” – trust the Japanese to come up with the best name!!!

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Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae
Chlamisus spilotus
warty leaf beetle = mushikuso-hamushi (lit. “insect poo” leaf beetle)

Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)

Rhinoceros Beetles

I’ve found rhinoceros beetles (kabuto-mushi) every night that I’ve visited this nature park during the summer. The population must be pretty healthy, but unfortunately I also meet people coming to collect them. I met one guy who had about 20 and boasted that he would sell them for 500 yen each. It’s a pity that some people abuse nature in this way. I just hope that the population does not decline.

Allomyrina dichotomaAllomyrina dichotoma

We spotted this pair mating high up in a tree. After a while they started feeding together and, while they were both struggling to get the tree sap, the male managed to knock the female off the branch. Talk about “wham bam, thank you mam”!!!

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Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae
Allomyrina dichotoma
Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle = kabuto-mushi

Location: Tsurugidake Natural Park, Kurate, Fukuoka-ken (google map)