Ohia Psyllid Galls

Ohia Psyllid Galls

Psyllids or Jumping Plant Lice are small, jumping, winged, highly host-specific plant-feeding bugs in the Superfamily Psylloidea. Not only can Psyllids weaken plants with their feeding and spread plant diseases, their nymphs (immature Psyllids) can form unsightly, disfiguring galls on host plants. I observed these weird, red, pimple-like galls on the leaves of an 'Ohi'a… Read More →

Skeleton Flower

Skeleton Flower

Skeletonized leaves are not terribly rare, but this lace-like skeletonized flower is the first one I've ever seen, and despite its ghostly transparency and veiny, deathlike appearance, it was still soft and alive. Adding to its creepiness, I found it growing near an old Hawaiian burial site. The skeleton flower is that of a White… Read More →

Arizona Spittlebug

Arizona Spittlebug

Spittlebugs or Froghoppers are small, plant sap-sucking bugs in the family Cercopidae. Adult Spittlebugs look like Leafhoppers and like them are good jumpers. Spittlebug nymphs (immatures) are sedentary and rarely seen. If you spot what appears to be a white, foamy glob of spit in a bush, it is most likely hiding a Spittlebug nymph…. Read More →

Giant Centipede

Giant Centipede

Although Hawaii does not have snakes, there are slithery, venomous creatures here like the Giant Centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes). Giant Centipedes were accidentally introduced to Hawaii by humans, perhaps by the Polynesians or by the first explorers, and they have since become one of the most feared and hated pests here because of their venomous and… Read More →

Long-tailed Blue Butterfly

Long-tailed Blue Butterfly

Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) butterflies are native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. These butterflies were accidentally introduced to Hawaii in the late 1800s, so they have had plenty of time to become well established here and are now one of Hawaii's most common butterflies. The Long-tailed Blue is also commonly known as the Peablue,… Read More →