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).

Rapala arata (The Japanese Flash)
Rapala arata (The Japanese Flash) Lycaenidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Found in woods and forests along rivers from flatlands to mountain, and also at parks in cities.
Wing color on the front is dusty dark blue and on the back is white and brown stripe-like pattern, hence the Japanese name Torafu-shijimi literally meaning tiger patterns lycaenidae.
Adults emerged in spring have more distinct white stripe-like patterns compare to the ones in summer with more brownish white and white part is less appealing.
Some parts on the back of hind wings are orange and tails on the bottom is long.
Fly fast but does not go long distance and frequently rest on leaves of trees.
Is active during daytime and feed on nectar of Japanese chestnuts.
Caterpillars feed on flowers and sprout of Japanese wisteria and vicia cracca.

●Wingspan  about 32 to 36 mm
●Adult Flight Season  April to about July
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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