Dr. Levente-Péter Kolcsár (JSPS postdoctoral fellow) went on a field collection trip in the Japanese Alps, between 12-18 June. The aim of the trip was to collect crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) along mountain rivers and streams for morphological and molecular studies. The main targeted group was a poorly known hairy-eyed crane fly genus (Tricyphona), in which several new species are suspected.
Dr. Daichi Kato from Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, Matsunoyama, Niigata Pref. also joined the field collection between 14-16 June.
During the trip over 1200 specimens belonging to 150-160 species were collected.