Monday, 17 September 2007

Eastern Bush Cricket* (Phaulula macilenta)

NOTE: This species does not have an official English name, therefore this name is speculative.

Local Name (Japan): Himekudamaki-modoki (ヒメクダマキモドキ) - "Princess Kedah Maki Beetle"
Length: 20-25mm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A large and dopey looking bush cricket species - this individual was found on a tree at Kamakura - right next to the famous Buddha of Kamakura - a huge bronze statue of the Buddha that survived the temple it was built inside being washed away by a tsunami.  This insect though was just on a tree behind it as we explored around the area, seemingly aimlessly plodding down the trunk.

Related Species:
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Phaneropteridae
Genus: Phaulula
Subspecies: ?

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Resident seen in Summer..
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A single individual along the river at Kamakura.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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