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...
Hawaiian Sphinx Moth

Hawaiian Sphinx Moth

We were thrilled when Ryan Chang spotted a really cool brown, white, and orange moth — the native Hawaiian Sphinx Moth. The Hawaiian sphinx — Hyles calida — is an endemic sphingid moth found on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawaiʻi.  There...
Koa Bugs in the Hawaiian Islands

Koa Bugs in the Hawaiian Islands

I was thrilled when Aaron Miyamoto invited me to his home to photograph koa bugs. For nearly six months, koa bugs (Coleotichus blackburniae) had become almost an obsession. I learned that koa bugs seem to prefer formosan koa trees (Acacia confusa) — a tree...
Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

Pinao — Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — on O‘ahu

I was lucky to get some close up shots of the Piano or Giant Hawaiian Dragonfly — Anax strenuus. Also known as the Giant Hawaiian Darner, the dragonfly is said to be the largest in the United States.  The dragonfly has a wing span of about 4 inches which is...
Akoko Planthoppers in the Native Forests

Akoko Planthoppers in the Native Forests

We searched the native forests of Oʻahu to look for ʻakoko planthoppers, a curious-looking insect with a distinctive horn on its forehead longer than the bug itself. The Hawaiian Islands are home to 22 species of ʻakoko — Chamaesyce — 15 of which are...