A 3,000m selfie
Argynnis hyperbius caterpillar, found outside the police station on a less-than-productive lunch break trying to sort out car ownership.
This cute grump is Batocera lineolata, or シロスジカミキリ. Longicorn beetles like this one are called カミキリムシ in Japan; literally, “hair-cutter beetles” due to their scissor-like jaws. They make an annoyed “ghiiii” sound if you pick them up.
I found this one on the drizzly 9pm bike ride home after driving school, and brought it home in my backpack to get proper photos. Unfortunately, I also found ants when I got home so I’m tossing boric acid everywhere and giving my floors a wipe with vinegar.
I’ve got two hours of driving practice on the expressway tomorrow morning, so I’ll see how the invasion’s coming along when I get back.
Picked up/been sent some nice things to stick on my walls. The topographic one’s a nice map of the Kirishima volcanic range, where I’m hoping to spend a lot of time hiking and exploring once I have my own transport.
Kobayashi has one of the best firefly displays in southern Kyushu, and the peak weekend in late May when they emerge en masse is the Firefly Festival.
ゲンジボタル (Japanese fireflies) are small beetles with an aquatic larval stage. Their need for extremely clean water has reduced their numbers over time due to habitat degradation.
These were really cool to see, as they all light up and switch off in sync rather than flashing intermittently.
I noticed the first time I was in Miyazaki City (last summer) that the roadside trees right in the middle of town have these epiphytes growing on them.
It’s the end of May and they’re now flowering, in white and bright pink.
CCTV is ubiquitous in Seoul, to the point you can find it on popular walking routes like Cheonggyesan. This one was by a rest stop close to the summit, but the way it was pointed to stare out into the sky was kind of unnerving.
Insects of Cheonggyesan. Inchworms /everywhere/.
Monday in Bundang: spend the morning catching up on sleep, then take a train three stops away to Cheonggyesan, a popular hiking route. We did the ridge route up to Ongyeobong summit, then round to Maebong. The panoramic’s the Maebong summit, where we could see over a huge tract of the city.
Suffice to say you could use my calves right now as an effective bludgeon. My feet are thoroughly unimpressed with this treatment and probably won’t stop complaining for the next weekish.
As per Scott’s request to go check out some shrines, on Saturday we caught a train or two out to Dazaifu, which is a massive complex of them. Neither of us are fond of taking photos with strangers in them, but there was plenty to look at. I was more hooked on the bugs and other wildlife I spotted.