This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Kanatake meeting June 19th

The weather was good. The forecast said 26 or 27°during the day. We might have been in a hotspot and got 36°. But it was not too bad. Just really needed that cool drink.

The Barn Swallows,  ツバメ nesting at the administration building were very active. Many young birds trying their wings. Also adults looking for food and what looked like preparing for the next batch. 

At a waterlogged field we saw Kabuto ebi, カブトエビ or Tadpole Shrimps. I had never heard of them. Often seen the salt-water kabuto crabs. but these are much smaller. With funny eyes.

The hairy caterpillar of a Maimaiga, or マイマイガ (Gypsy Moth) is huge. And apparently not very poisonous. It looked like a hairy ghost with those elongated eyes.

Left: A Hunting Wasp ジガバチ paralysing and carrying a caterpillar. 
Right: The Japanese Beetle, (Mamekogane) マメコガネ was richly represented. We saw literally 100-sss

This Himenagame Kamemushi, ヒメナガメ relative of the Scarlet Shield Bug also had some family members nearby.

Moth. That's all I can say about it.

Well defined markings on this caterpillar with a tail that swings like a music conductor's baton

Persimmon! カキ A long way from edible, but it's a start!

Persian Silk Tree, (Nemunoki) ネムノキ.  Somebody explained the name. It had something to do with getting sleepy (nemui)

Nogurumi, ノグルミ is related to the walnut tree and we saw it with 2 types of flowering, I suppose male and female. But which one is which? And what is that thing in the middle? Bisexual?

On the left a wasp nest, probably スズバチ (suzubachi). Right an egg capsule of Praying Mantis, カマキリ

This Asian Lizard's Tail has an interesting name in Japanese: ハンゲショウ (Hangeshou) Han means half and geshou... erased? or made-up?

Left Purple-Loosestrife, (Misohagi) ミソハギ

Next a dragonfly with a story.

At first nobody new what kind it was and there were speculations, but. A few days later Mr T. came up with a name: Mayutateakane. Mayu is eyebrow. Tate means standing up. I wanted to investigate. So I went back, found the dragonfly again (at a different stream) and took a shot with the macro lens

The poor thing had a broken wing and could not fly. Had it been captured in a child's net? This allowed me however to come real close and take my shot.

If these 2 hairs are the mayu's then this would be it. マユタテアカネ. 
Fine, but this is a different dragonfly. Now I still don't know what the next one is. If you zoom in you might notice it has 2 mayu's as well...

Below a male Scarlet Skimmer, (shojotombo) ショウジョウトンボ

Left a plain spider in an interesting web. I tried to find it on the internet, but it shows only horrifying images of monsters with hairy legs... Right an Aomeabu, アオメアブ

The frog of the day. Japanese Tree Frog, アマガエル Looking kind of sad. Mourning his kindred that didn't survive the other day?

No snakes this time, though a Tiger Keelback, Yamakakashi was swimming across one of the ponds. And another one laid dead on the road :-(

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Crested Kingfisher, ヤマセミ and Ryukyu Ashy Minivet, リュウキュウサンショウクイ

Whenever I pass this point I briefly stop to look at the river to see who's there. I sometimes see the adult birds, but they hardly ever hang around. To my surprise a young bird was perched at a branch, watching all that moved in the water below. Another one sat on a stone. So... there was a nest after all.

Crested Kingfisher, ヤマセミ

A Ryukyu Minivet, リュウキュウサンショウクイ frequently brought caterpillars to a place in the bush. A fledgling had fallen out of the nest it seemed. I could not see the baby, but heard its brothers and sisters higher up.

Below a 4cm sized Japanese Tree Frog アマガエル with a TINY INCHI WINCHI spider on its back

Friday, 21 June 2019

Mountains again part 2

The next morning I woke up in a thick fog. I could hardly see the other side of my camp. The mountains were hidden behind a grey pea soup coloured, slowly moving veil. Later, when the sun was high enough it burned off, little by little, setting little bits of scenery in a glowing light, revealing pockets of tree-lined mountain scape.

The Japanese Snowbell trees (Egonoki) エゴノキ were dropping their blossom. Some flowers ended up in a little stream

Some on the road

The rain of the previous week, however little, brought out various kinds of fungi

And the fungus-type plants called Ginriousou, ギンリョウソウ

Early morning creatures: moths
White Ermine, (kiharagomadarahitori) キハラゴマダラヒトリ

Some Owlet moth, ヤガ

Erebid Moth, (Kimaekurohonba) キマエクロホンバ 

Nettle Tree Butterfly, (Tenguchou) テングチョウ 

An enormous kamemushi, Giant Stink Bug (ooherikamemushi) オオヘリカメムシ

Many young hoppers, バッタ  Look at the intricate patterns on their bodies

Bonito Weevil, (Zoomushi) カツオゾウムシ

Flower of the rainy season: Japanese White String Flower, (Shiraitosou) シライトソウ 

Some flowers...  I still don't know... Thanks to Mr. A it's got a name now: サワフタギ (Sawafutagi).
Thank you sensei!

ツクシドウダン (Tsukushidoudan)

Midday。 I was just about to leave. Something moved in the distance: Shika deer, シカ

The tourists on the boardwalk didn't notice anything