Tag Archives: moths

See Right Through You

Hi blog. This will be another fairly short post, but the third post this month, which puts it ahead of the curve. This one is almost the reverse of a “stumbled upon” moment, and happened at the primary school (or, … Continue reading

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The chrysalid

And it did. Hi blog. Update: I arrived at work on Monday to find that my horrid caterpillar had in fact pupated.  The chrysalis is smaller than I imagined it would be, since it has neither the length or breadth … Continue reading

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Big

I wish I was big. Josh Baskin, Big Hi blog. The rainy season continues and looks set to continue into August. We have had several meteorological records this month: the most consecutive days with significant rainfall for July; the fewest … Continue reading

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Sting

One of the disadvantages of having a persimmon tree in one’s yard occurs in the summer and often again in October.  Brushing against a leaf can bring on sudden, searing pain. No, it is nothing to do with the leaf … Continue reading

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The Very Huge Caterpillar

Summer advances and the hot days continue, but I notice the days becoming shorter. There is a little over a week left of the school holidays, but I’m now back at work.  It’s funny how my blogging activities tend to … Continue reading

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A Stirling Moth

Mention “moth” and most Japanese wince or flinch in disgust. Moths are associated with poisonous or allergenic scales, or poisonous glands and stingers, or otherwise unsanitary conditions. Ask a typical Japanese person to differentiate a moth from a butterfly, and … Continue reading

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Splitting hairs? An adventure in Cross-Linguistic Naming

One of the interesting aspects of doing any anything nature-related in Japan is the difference in nomenclature between the English and Japanese languages. Most non-linguists tend to think in very absolute terms – generally along the lines that their language’s … Continue reading

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