Sunday, August 22, 2010

Insects of Mt. Omine

Encountered some interesting insects trekking around Mt. Omine. First is a colorful little butterfly known as a Araschnia burejana, or Sakahachi-cho in Japanese, this species occurs in the eastern part of Asia. "Sakahachi" indicates the upside-down shape of the Chinese (kanji) character for "eight" (八) while "Cho" means butterfly. Next is a Trithemis kirbyi, or the Orange-winged Dropwing, a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae. Finally, this woolly bear is a moth caterpillar known as "The Laugher", Charadra deridens, a member of the Noctuidae family. The fellow was not all that humorous to me, perhaps I missed the joke?

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