People enjoy seeing and collecting insects in Takae

People enjoy seeing and collecting insects in Takae

People enjoyed seeing and collecting insects at Takae in Higashi Village on July 21.


July 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 200 parents and children took part in an insect observation session at Takae in Higashi Village on July 21.

A member of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan’s Nature Conservation Committee, Akino Miyagi, gave a lecture. The participants enjoyed seeing and collecting insects such as butterflies and stag beetles that live in Takae.

They saw colorful and beautiful insects such as Papilio helenus butterflies, common bluebottles and Orthetrum albistylum speciosum upstream on the Arakawa River. Children caught butterflies with nets. Handling the likes of Dorcus titanus okinawanus and click beetles that Miyagi had caught, they enjoyed their excursion into the nature of Takae.

Four-year-old Ko Kedamori said, “I caught a yellow butterfly when it was moving.”
Miyagi said, “Opportunities for children to engage with nature are on the decline. Another reason why we need to preserve our natural environment is so children can have those opportunities.” She went on to say, “Red soil runoff from building the U.S. military helipads could affect all of the natural environment at Takae, not just specific areas.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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