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 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 Moth Explosion on Hawaiʻi Island

Koa Moth Explosion on Hawaiʻi Island

When I heard that a population explosion of koa moths was defoliating thousands of acres of koa forests on Hawaiʻi Island I had to see for myself. The Department of Land and Natural Resources announced on February 14, 2013 that an outbreak of koa looper moths was...