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).

Amata fortunei
Amata fortunei Arctiidae
Main region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Tsushima.
Found in woods, green space and open fields from flatlands to low elevations.
Wing color is black with some transparent spots resembling babies of Japanese deers, hence the Japanese name Kanoko-ga literally meaning Japanese deer baby moths.
Wings are elongated and body colors are black with yellow belt-like patterns resembling bees.
Female have thicker abdomen than male.
Are seen from early summer to early autumn.
Are active during daytime and feed on nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillars are black hairy worms and feed on various plants in riverbeds and grasslands including white clovers, dandelions and rumex japonicus.

●Wingspan  about 30 to 37 mm
●Adult Flight Season  June to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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