June and early July is Rainy Season in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Many days are gloomy, but now and then the sun appears. The countryside is very green, with rice plants growing in nearby fields and wild vegetation everywhere. Many kinds of insects and spiders appear.

This June I often went outdoors with a macro lens and took photographs to add to my Flickr album Bugs and other small creatures. Along with bees, beetles, flies, and spiders, I found five species of butterflies.

Common copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas, ベニシジミ)

Common copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas, ベニシジミ)

Common copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas, ベニシジミ)

Common copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas, ベニシジミ)

Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus, ヒメシジミ)

Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus, ヒメシジミ)

Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebejus argus, ヒメシジミ)

Eastern pale clouded yellow butterfly (Colias erate poliographys,モンキチョウ)

Eastern pale clouded yellow butterfly (Colias erate poliographys,モンキチョウ)

Eastern pale clouded yellow butterfly (Colias erate poliographys,モンキチョウ)

Eastern pale clouded yellow butterfly (Colias erate poliographys,モンキチョウ)

Gray-veined white butterfly (Pieris melete, スジグロシロチョウ)

Gray-veined white butterfly (Pieris melete, スジグロシロチョウ)

Gray-veined white butterfly (Pieris melete, スジグロシロチョウ)

Gray-veined white butterfly (Pieris melete, スジグロシロチョウ)

Asian swallowtail butterfly (Papilio xuthus, アゲハ)

Asian swallowtail butterfly (Papilio xuthus, アゲハ)

Asian swallowtail butterfly (Papilio xuthus, アゲハ)

Asian swallowtail butterfly (Papilio xuthus, アゲハ)

Technical note

All of these photographs were taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II camera and an Olympus M. Zuiko 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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