I introduced this dragonfly named Koshi-Aki dragonfly flying on June 6th. Today, I was able to take pictures of it resting on a lotus leave. A white spot on its abdomen is distinctive. Its scientific name is Pseudothemis zonata.
I saw Blue Admiral at Ote gate and the Fukuoka castle. When it opens its wings, its wings are beautiful blue. But when it closes its wings, it looks like dead leaves. Since I wasn't able to wait until it opens its wings, I picked it, and it flied away. Oops.
I saw my favorite butterfly named blue triangle at the 6th moat of the Fukuoka castle. Its Scientific name is Graphium sarpedon, and its Japanese name is Aosuji Ageha. Aosuji means blue line, and Ageha means swallowtail butterfly. I love its turquoise pattern on its wings.
I found a butterfly named Gomadara-chou in Japanese at the 6th moat of Fukuoka castle. Gomadara means patchy pattern. Chou means butterfly. Its scientific name is Hestina persimilis japonica. It distributes east Asia including Japan. Its caterpillars eat leaves of Japanese Hackberry.
I saw this beautiful insect in the ruin of the Fukuoka castle and also in front of my office. Last year, when I came here on October, I saw it in West park (Nishi koen). So it seems that this insect widely distributes in Fukuoka. Japanese name of this insect is Hanmyou. Scientific name is Cicindela japonica. Because it is so beautiful, it is also called "jewel of forest". Many people, who are even from Kyushu, don't know this insect. Because it is very common in Fukuoka, you can find it next to you :-)
It had been raining since this morning. Today was holiday, but I had to go to work. On the way back home, the rain has stopped falling by the time, and I saw beautiful sunset. Although it was little regrettable that some buildings destroyed the beautiful scenery, the sunset was still so beautiful.
Last week, I saw a beautiful small red damselfly in the 6th moat of Fukuoka castle. At that day, I was only able to take a very blurred picture、but still I was able to figure out that it was a Beni-Itotombo (Ceriagrion nipponicum), which is in Japanese Red Data Book. Beni means red in Japanese, and Itotombo means damselfly in Japanese. Yesterday, I went there again, but I was not able to see it. Today, I tried again. When I crouched near the moat, it was in front of me! I was so surprised. In the 6th moat, there were also many Chou-tombo flying, which I introduced last week. The moat is small, but the moat is like paradise of nature.
There was a beautiful swan in the pond of Ohori koen. Swan is very rare in Kyushu. I checked web pages and found that there is a swan named Ai, which means love in Japanese, in Ohori koen. The swan have lived here since January 2006. Usually, wild swans live 10 to 15 years. So I guess that the swan I saw is probably Ai.
Name of this insect is Aoba-Hagoromo. Hagoromo means close of Angels in Japanese. Its light green wings are very beautiful like close of Angels. Its scientific name is Geisha distinctissima. "Geisha" are traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music and dance.
This is probably a larva of praying mantis named O-Kamakiri in Japanese. Its scientific name is Tenodera aridifolia Stoll. Since I really loved praying mantis when I was a kid, I'm glad that I found it in Fukuoka too.
These are probably cast off shells of Uchiwa Yan-ma. I found these around the pond in Ohori-koen. Since the pond and the place of cast off are little far, I was amazed that the nymphs of the dragonfly moved such a long way.
Last week, I introduced Taiwan Uchiwa yan-ma (Sinictinogomphus pertinax). Today, I saw Uchiwa yan-ma (Sinictinogomphus clavatus). These two dragon flies have fan-like protrusions at end of their abdomen. Taiwan Uchiwa Yan-ma's "fan" is black. On the other hand, Uchiwa Yan-ma's "fan" is yellow.
I saw beautiful flowers of Nerium oleander in ruin of the Fukuoka castle. It is toxic in all its parts. I didn't know, but according to Japanese Wikipedia, Fukuoka city decided to remove all Nerium oleander from school gardens in the city on December, 2009, because of its toxic feature. But later, this decision was retracted. I'm glad that the city did not cut all the Nerium oleander trees. There are lots of toxic plants. Even water can be toxic (Water intoxication), when we drink it too much. It's more important to have right knowledge. Instead of cutting all the trees, teachers should just teach their students that the plant is toxic and should not eat. That's it.
I found a cast-off shell of a cicada named Nii-Nii zemi in Japanese. Its scientific name is Platypleura kaempferi. Its cast-off shell is small and muddy. Generally, cast-off shells of cicada are not muddy. So the muddy cast-off shell is very unique to the cicada. Every year, when I find its small cute cast-off shell, I feel little happy :-)
I saw a butterfly named Komisuji in Japanese in ruin of the Fukuoka castle. Last year on October 22, I saw it in Fukuoka botanical garden. So this butterfly may live in Fukuoka widely. Its scientific name is Neptis sappho.
I introduced "Solar UFO" on July 2nd. According to the company's web site, it twinkles at night fantastically. Today, I went there for seeing its night view. Regrettably, it was not so fantastic, although it was really like a UFO.
Today, I went to see Hakata Gion Yamakasa at Nakasu-Kawabata. It has been held since July 1st. Today's event is called Nagare-Kaki, which hundreds of men carry Yamakasa over their shoulders, and show it to people. There are seven teams. At July 15th, the last day of the festival, the seven teams will run 5 km with the Yamakasa and compete. It will start at 4:59 am.
Name of this beautiful dragon fly is Chou-tombo in Japanese. Chou means butterfly in Japanese. Tombo means dragonfly. It flies like butterfly. The color of its wings is so beautiful, isn't it? Its scientific name is Rhyothemis fuliginosa.
Today, I saw a Black-crowned Night-Heron at the Fukuoka castle's moat. I was lucky to see this heron, since it's nocturnal. Japanese name of this bird is Goi-sagi. "Goi" means 5th, and "sagi" means heron. Long time ago, one of Japanese emperors, whose name is Daigo, ordered his people to catch this heron. Because it was obediently caught, the emperor was amazed, and gave it 5th rank. This story is the origin of its name.