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...
Hawaiian Yellow-faced Bees

Hawaiian Yellow-faced Bees

I was thrilled to stumble on Hawaiian yellow-faced bees — nalo meli maoli — on lehua flowers on Hawaiʻi Island.  The native bees are small — less than a quarter inch long — and look more like black-brown wasps that have a yellow face. Honey...
Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillar — Eupithecia

Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillar — Eupithecia

One of the amazing denizens in the Hawaiian forest is the carnivorous caterpillar Eupithecia.  Eupithecia is a large genus of moths with over a thousand described species worldwide whose caterpillars feed on plant material.  But when the moths found their way to...
Cyanea crispa in the Koʻolau Mountains

Cyanea crispa in the Koʻolau Mountains

One of the rare flowers found only on Oʻahu is Cyanea crispa or Haha.  Known as the Crimpled Rollandia, the plant grows up to 5 feet high with large broad leaves that form a crown at the top of the plant several feet in diameter. The plant was discovered by famous...