Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao is considered one of the three major habitat of insects along with Minoo (Osaka prefecture) and Kibune (Kyoto prefecture) and it has long been loved by researchers of insects because of number of species and the easy access from the Metropolitan area. There are many insects first found in Mt. Takao and named after "Takao" such as Takao Shachihoko (Hiradonta takaonis Matsumura) and Takao medaka kamikiri (Stenhomalus takaosanus).

Daimio Tethys (China Flat)
Daimio Tethys (China Flat) Hesperiidae
Main Region: Some parts of southern Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Found in forests from flatlands to low elevations.
Adults flight season is from spring to early autumn.
Fly fast and often seen in woody forests.
Fore wings are black-brown with three large white spots in the middle, and also some small white spots towards tips of wings.
These patterns vary depending on living areas.
Ones in west of Kinki region have white spots on the back of hind wings connecting to the patterns on fore wings creating belt-like patterns.
Feed on nectar of annual fleabane and azalea, also on dungs of animals and suck water.
Caterpillars feed on leaves of Japanese yam.
Male holds territory and shows strong territorial habit.

●Wingspan  about 33 to 36 mm
●Adult Flight Season  April to about October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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