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).

Thoressa varia (Japanese Swift)
Thoressa varia (Japanese Swift) Hesperiidae
Main Region: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Found in forests and bushes from flatlands to mountains.
Often found in bamboo bushes with sasa veitchii and sasa nipponica as caterpillars feed on plants in sasa genus.
Wing color on the front is brown-black and yellow-brown closer to the body with some white spots.
On the back is yellow-brown with black lined wing veins and some whitish yellow spots.
Fly fast and straight in bamboo bushes and woods during daytime and feed on nectar of boneset and azalea, and also on dungs of animals.
Suck water in groups. Male holds territory.

●Wingspan  about 30 to 36 mm
●Adult Flight Season  May to about September
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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