Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Fauna

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An attempt to identify folks that creep, crawl and fly about in Tsukuba University...


Snake-in-the-grass with a bite (or peck) that went right through the skull. Most likely to be a rat-snake (scientific name - Elaphe carinata yonaguniensis; common name - Yonaguni-Syuda).

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 One on the fist and about a dozen inside. "Dango Mushi" is apparently the current favourite with kindergarten kids - at least until the bigger beetles make their appearance.
  • English common name - Woodlouse or Pillbug (because it can roll itself into a perfectly round "pill" when disturbed)
  • Scientific name - Amadillium vulgare
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 Strikingly colorful bird, eyeing the photographer with cautious disdain...
This one turns out to be Japan's "national bird" - the Green Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus versicolor)
...and the dour looking female.
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yet-to-be-identified

 
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