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).

Zizeeria maha (Pale Grass Blue)
Zizeeria maha (Pale Grass Blue) Lycaenidae
Main Region: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Nansei Islands.
Found in grasslands and rivers from flatlands to low elevations.
Also found in cities where creeping woodsorrel grow where caterpillars feed on.
Wing color on the front is blue to purple-blue with black edges and on the back is light brown color with shaded patterns with many black spots.
Are active during daytime and feed on nectar of creeping woodsorrel and white clover.

●Wingspan  about 25 to 30 mm
●Adult Flight Season  March to about November
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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