Bugs of Japan

It’s summer here in Japan, and that means bugs! Really big, really cool bugs! So to celebrate, here are some of our best bug pictures:

Jumping spiders:

Shinjuku Garden in Tokyo:

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May actually be a lynx spider, not a jumping spider. Hard to tell from this angle.
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This one may also be a lynx spider.

Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto:

Possibly Phintella abnormalis?

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Probably Plexippus paykulli, now found all over the world.

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Unknown salticid.

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Beach in Uraga, near Tokyo:

This one’s an ant mimic (Myrmarachne), possibly Myrmarachne japonica.

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Everything else:

Caterpillars mimicking things!

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Caterpillar that mimics bird poop, probably a giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
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Spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus), whose back end mimics a snake.
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A cute little moth.
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A skipper butterfly (Hesperiidae)
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A  land snail (Euhadra amaliae) crawls along a wall
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A small praying mantis.
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Carpenter ants (Camponotus japonicus) carry the remains of a worm.
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The husk of a cicada.

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