We tend to associate insects with late Spring and Summer, but quite a few butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects can be seen here in Shiga Prefecture from late September until early November.

Several species of butterflies and moths were very active in late September and early October. A few remained until late October.

Asian swallowtail butterfly (アゲハ) on a red spider lily (彼岸花)

Old World swallowtail butterfly (キアゲハ)

Humingbird hawk moth (ホシホウジャク)

Common grass yellow butterfly (キチョウ)

Common grass butterfly larva (キチョウの幼虫)

Oriental short-tailed blue butterfly (タイワンツバメシジミ)

Oriental short-tailed blue butterfly (タイワンツバメシジミ)

Eastern pale clouded yellow butterfly (モンキチョウ)

Eastern pale clouded yellow butterfly (モンキチョウ)

Chinese peacock black swallowtail butterfly (カラスアゲハ)

Indian Fritillary butterfly (Argyreus hyperbius, ツマグロヒョウモン)

A few Dragonlies were still here in October.

Meadowhawk [Darter] dragonfly (Sympetrum darwinianum, ナツアカネ)

Female white-tailed skimmer dragonfly (Orthetrum albistylum, ムギワラトンボ)

Female white-tailed skimmer dragonfly (Orthetrum albistylum, ムギワラトンボ)

In October locusts and other insects were active along the Yasugawa riverbank.

Migratory locusts (トノサマバッタ)

Tropidothorax sinensis (ヒメジュウジナガカメムシ)

Bee and grub on goldenrod (セイタカアワダチソウ)

Sorry this post appears so late!

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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  1. いつも、今回も、素晴らしい写真・・・ありがとうございます! 家に居ながらにして”知らなかった自然”を満喫しています。 

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