Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Featured Species | Wekiu Bug (08:17)

Host: Sarah Leon with Dan Polhemus, Ph.D.

Wekiu bug (click to view larger)
wekiu bug
Photo credit: Jesse Eiben, University of Hawaii


Status: Candidate/ Conservation to preclude ESA listing
Scientific Name: Nysius wekiuicola
Description: The wekiu bug is flightless insect and inhabits the summit area of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. In October 2011, the species was removed from the list of candidate species in need of Endangered Species Act protection, after conservation actions helped stabilize population numbers.
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Last updated: October 25, 2011