Blackline Hawaiian Damselflies in the Koolau Mountains

Blackline Hawaiian Damselflies in the Koolau Mountains

I was thrilled to see Blackline Hawaiian Damselflies — Megalagrion nigrohamatum nigrolineatum — high in the northern Koʻolau Mountains at about 2,000 feet elevation. With the recent discovery of a previously unknown remnant population of Blackline Hawaiian...
Blackline Hawaiian Damselflies in Kāneʻohe

Blackline Hawaiian Damselflies in Kāneʻohe

A previously unknown population of Blackline Hawaiian Damselflies is the subject of concern with the proposed expansion of Hawaiian Memorial Park (HMP). In June 2016, Liam Gray took me and several windward residents – Patrick Shea, Grant Yoshimori, Caitlyn Yoshimori,...
Hawaiian Picture-Wing Fly

Hawaiian Picture-Wing Fly

One of the fascinating insects in Hawaiian entomology is the Drosophila Fly.  Over 800 species evolved in the Hawaiian Islands — the largest known radiation of any insect on an oceanic island. Different species range in length from less than 1.5 millimeters (a...
ʻŌpelu in the Koʻolau Mountains

ʻŌpelu in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of the eye-catching sights in the Hawaiian flora are the flowers of ʻŌpelu — Lobelia hypoleuca.  The plant blooms just once in its lifetime.  It grows for years as a rosette of long slender leaves until an inflorescence — flower stalk —...
Koa Butterfly

Koa Butterfly

One of the cutest native insects is the Koa Butterfly, also known as Blackburn’s Butterfly or the Hawaiian Blue – Udara Blackburnii.  The Koa butterfly is one of only two butterfly species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.  The Koa Butterfly has a wingspan of about an...