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“Red berries rustling in the wind”

The edge of the woods. There was a thin tree with green leaves. Red berries that grow from the same base as the leaves. Its leaves and berries are distinctive and pretty.  [November 2021]

Ilex pedunculosa



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“Berries of the Hiyodori-jogo”

In the middle of autumn, berries of various colors are noticeable. I saw bright red berry on a vine. That’s “Hiyodori-jogo.” Hiyodori means the Brown-eared Bulbul. That berries can be seen even in the winter, and look brilliant in the dead fields.   [November 2021]

Solanum lyratum




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“Stag beetles gathering in tree sap”

In the woods after the rain. The surface of the oak tree was covered with sap in places. A few stag beetles were visiting. Same species, but with different  shapes. They walked around on the trunk. Nearby, a beetle nuzzled its face into the sap and didn’t move an inch.  [AUGUST 2021]

Prosopocoilus inclinatus




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“Dragonfly with a straw yellow color”

As I walked around the rice fields, I saw a dragonfly perched on a sasa. It was a female common skimmer. It is also known “Mugiwara-tombo.” Mugiwara means straw, and the color of its body is its origin. The common skimmer is very friendly and will sometime perch on a bag slung over your shoulder. They have always been very close to people.  [AUGUST 2021]

Orthetrum albistylum speciosum




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“White flowers with red lips”

The white flowers were tinged with lipstick red. It’s a vine that thrives in many place, in the field and in the city.  It has strong odor when scratched. In the fall, it bears brown berries.  [JULY 2021]

Paederia scandens




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“Magenta trumpets”

Under the railway viaduct at dusk. Magenta flowers were beginning to open among the thick grasses. They were four o’clock flowers. These flowers, which are often seen in the city, open at night. Magenta, white and yellow flowers stand out very well when they are in bloom at night.  [AUGUST 2021]

Mirabilis jalapa




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“Frog in the hole”

The pond had been drained. The leaves of water chestnut that floating on the water had been washed up all over the place. There was a hole in the dry ground. A brown frog was peeping out from inside. It stared at me and didn’t seem to come out.  [AUGUST 2021]

Fejervarya kawamurai




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“Wetland flowers”

When I visited the wetland, small flowers such as a ”Mimikaki-gusa” were almost over. Then, I found a long spike of white flowers in the grass. It was “Nogi-ran.” Ran means orchid, but it’s not a member of the orchid family. The orange stamens growing out of the white flowers were beautiful.  [AUGUST 2021]

Metanarthecium luteoviride




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“Green flatid planthopper”

The woods in the summer. As I was walking on a sultry road, I notice a small green. It was “Hagoromo (flatid planthopper).” Hagoromo is a thin cloth that the celestial maiden wears. The clear green wings were beautiful on the trunk of the tree.  [AUGUST 2021]

Geisha distinctissima




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“Longhorn beetle spawning”

A tigar-patterned longhorn beetle was walking around on a tree. Apparently it’s looking for a place to spawn. I could see the ovipositor. And it stopped and stayed for a while. Probably the spawning is over. The longhorn beetle quickly climbed the tree.  [JULY 2021]

Chlorophorus quinquefasciatus