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The Japanese word in general for bugs or insects is ๆ˜†่™ซ(ใ“ใ‚“ใกใ‚…ใ†) konchuu. This is a list of the main ones you may encounter in Japan. Most of these are usually written in kana, but we will give you the kanji in parenthesis too. Study this list and then take the quiz and / or download and print the worksheet at the bottom.

ใ‚ใ‚Š / ari - ant [ใ‚ขใƒช๏ผˆ่Ÿป)]

ใ”ใใถใ‚Š / gokiburi - cockroach [ใ‚ดใ‚ญใƒ–ใƒช]

ใ‹ใถใจใ‚€ใ— / kabutomushi - rhinoceros beetle [ใ‚ซใƒ–ใƒˆใƒ ใ‚ท (็”ฒ่™ซ)]

ใกใ‚‡ใ† / chou - butterfly [ใƒใƒงใ‚ฆ๏ผˆ่ถ)]

ใฏใก / hachi - bee; wasp; hornet [ใƒใƒ๏ผˆ่œ‚)]

ใ“ใŠใ‚ใŽ / koorogi - cricket [ใ‚ณใ‚ชใƒญใ‚ฎใ€€(่Ÿ‹่Ÿ€)]

ใ›ใฟ / semi - cicada [ใ‚ปใƒŸ๏ผˆ่‰)]

ใŒ / ga - moth [ใ‚ฌ๏ผˆ่›พ)]

ใ‹ / ka - mosquito [ใ‚ซ๏ผˆ่šŠ)]

ใใ‚‚ / kumo - spider [ใ‚ฏใƒข๏ผˆ่œ˜่››)]

ใ‚ใŠใ‚€ใ— / aomushi - cabbageworm; caterpillar [ใ‚ขใ‚ชใƒ ใ‚ท๏ผˆ้’่™ซ)]

ใฏใˆ / hae - fly [ใƒใ‚จใ€€(่ฟ)]

ใ†ใ˜ใ‚€ใ— / ujimushi - maggot [ใ‚ฆใ‚ธใƒ ใ‚ท (่›†่™ซ)]

ใ„ใ‚‚ใ‚€ใ— / imomushi - hornworm; (hairless) caterpillar [ใ‚คใƒขใƒ ใ‚ทใ€€๏ผˆ่Š‹่™ซ)]

ใ•ใชใŽ / sanagi - chrysalis; pupa [ใ‚ตใƒŠใ‚ฎ๏ผˆ่›น)]

ใ‹ใ„ใ“ / kaiko - silkworm [ใ‚ซใ‚คใ‚ณ๏ผˆ่š•)]

ใจใ‚“ใผ / tonbo - dragonfly [ใƒˆใƒณใƒœ๏ผˆ่œป่›‰)]

ใฆใ‚“ใจใ†ใ‚€ใ— / tentoumushi - Ladybug [ใƒ†ใƒณใƒˆใ‚ฆใƒ ใ‚ทใ€€(ๅคฉ้“่™ซ)]


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