Monday, September 11, 2017

Update about the unknown flower and Butterflies;

     (sorry for the next post's header for link pages, posted earlier)
Ki-karasu-uri or Karasu-uri
The unidentified flower I posted in the previous post is one of the gourd family.  "Trichosanthes japonica"  in Japanese, "ki-karasu-uri". Made me smile with its Japanese name  as literal translation is "yellow-crow-gourd" (*^.^*)

The picture of gourd above and these pictures below from pc-site taught me a lot.
When I was checking, I got confused with this another look alike gourd's flower. It's called " Japanese snake gourd (Trichosanthes pilosa) in Japanese, "karasu-uri". 
Left; Ki-karasu-uri                              Right;   Karasu-uri

I haven't seen this gourd but seems like eaten with pickles p:-)

Male Ceriagrion nipponicum  and  Sympetrum eroticum
We found 2 kinds of small red butterflies in an old small reservoir.  These pictures were taken by my husband (too small for my bad eyes :-)  
The first one is one of Damselfly (糸トンボ) called Ceriagrion nipponicum (ベニ糸トンボ) .   Surprised to know this  is one of Endangered Species from pc-site. Sorry for not clear pictures, bit far away.   Damselflies perch with their wings folded, my husband told me proudly. He looked so happy to see his first rare one. Funny Face p:-)
The second one is called  Sympetrum eroticum(マユタテアカネ)perching on the Iron Scrap in the reservoir.
This shrike is called "百舌鳥モズ・hundred tongue bird" in Japanese derived from their varieties of singing sounds.  Pictures I haven't posted.
Wishing you will have a wonderful new week. 
Starting to visit you from this afternoon♡♡♡

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  1. Well done on discovering the name of that beautiful flower, I never would have guessed that it would eventually form a gourd. Your husband captured some stunning insect images also, thanks for bringing them to Mosaic Monday today.

  2. I love gourds and their flowers are so different! You did some great research. I can never get a good image of a dragonfly -- these are wonderful! Beautiful shrike. Happy Monday!

  3. The gourd flowers are so unique. I would have never imagined they would form gourds. The shrike is a beautiful bird. Great photo. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Nice of your husband to help your with your photos about the damsel fly - and it's face is so clear in one of them! Oh I love the gourd flowers - they are so romantic and look like lace! Many thanks for coming back to the gourd flowers for All Seasons, which I had a question about last week:):) Wishing you a lovely week, Miyako.

  5. Miyako - I am so glad that you found out the name of the flower. Both of them are so delicate and amazing. I laughed through your description of your husband helping you with the picture of the damsel flies - be careful, he may get bitten by the photography bug!!! All the best from around the world in Montana!

  6. Wow, wow, wow your gourd is so pretty and delicate! I had to smile as my husband might call me a hundred tongue bird! We have just made some new Japanese friends here in Thailand, there are lots of Japanese here! We joined them for a beautiful Japanese dinner, I thought of you!
    Wren x

  7. Glad you got to identify the flower! I could not imagine it was flower of uri. Both Ki-karasu-uri and Karasu-uri flowers are unique and beautiful. Pickled uri must be very yummy :-)
    How special you found endangered tombo. Your husband is very knowledgeable! How interesting they perch with their wings folded.
    Shrike is very pretty :-) Have a lovely day, Miyako san xo

  8. The little blossom is so pretty! Have a lovely week!

  9. The gourd flowers are very pretty and look so delicate.
    Thank you for sharing the information you got from your research. Wishing you a good week.

  10. Hello Miyako! I love dragon and damselflies and I think you got great photos of them..... hug... Michelle

  11. Beautiful photos of orchids.

  12. Dearest Miyako san,
    Glad you discovered the flowers' name!
    Showing the leaves with any flower, helps for identifying.
    Such exceptional photos you show us here; thanks!
    Love the first photo of the damselfly; like a face with fat cheeks!

  13. Beautiful shots and I love the Dragon Fly. Thank you for linking up today and I hope to see you back again next week. Have a great weekend!

  14. Your mystery flower is lovely! Glad you found out what it is.

  15. Thank you for revealing the name of this mystery & exotic flower. At close shots it is amazing. Have a lovely weekend Miyako.

  16. Hello, the gourd flowers are so pretty and exotic looking. I love the damselfly and the pretty Shrike. Lovely collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  17. Love the damselfly ~ so delicate and jus the opposite the lovely gourd and its flower ~ lovely photos ~ thanks,

    (Happy Weekend, A ShutterBug Explores)

  18. I can almost hear that shrike singing -- lovely photos of it and of the amazing damselflies -- I need someone like your husband to take pictures of those and the dragonflies I see -- they never hold still long enough for me...the ones I see are not as beautiful or as rare as yours though! Interesting about the gourd flowers... I didn't know they ever flowered.

  19. Such interesting photos of the gourd. Lovely captures all around.

  20. Beautiful Shrike!!
    And wow...I'd love to have that gourd flower[the star blossom] in MY yard!

    Thanks so much for adding your link to this post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend. Always a joy to view your shares!!

  21. Miyako San!
    I'm Lovely photos of Autumn goodies lots of Autumn in Japan I like the Chestnuts & Pumpkin too, I had in Rain all the years.
    Have a nice day,

  22. Those flowers are just amazing! Love the dragonfly. Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. So sorry I'm late visiting.

  23. Beautiful photos, Miyako. I love the beautiful bird in your last photos. Have a nice day!