Cyanea superba in the Waiʻanae Mountains

Cyanea superba in the Waiʻanae Mountains

Cyanea superba is one of the successful conservation stories where a rare native Hawaiian plant was saved from the brink of extinction. Cyanea has more than 70 species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands — the largest and most morphologically diverse genus in the...
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 —...
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...