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...
Hibiscus clayi — Kokiʻo ʻula

Hibiscus clayi — Kokiʻo ʻula

I love to visit Kalopā State Park to see Hibiscus clayi — kokiʻo ʻula — which has the cutest little red flowers. For many years I have been visiting Kalopā in Hamakua on Hawaiʻi Island  to see a number of rare native plants in cultivation.  One of most...
Scotorythra Moth in Haleakalā Crater

Scotorythra Moth in Haleakalā Crater

I was thrilled to get close-up shots of a cute little Scotorythra moth in Haleakalā Crater on the island of Maui. While backpacking through Haleakalā Crater, we were lucky when entomologist Steve Montgomery found a Scotorythra moth outside the Palikū Cabin where we...