Native Hawaiian invertebrates encompass over 5,000 endemic insect species that are known to occur in Hawaii. Invertebrate populations play an integral role in native Hawaiian ecosystems serving as critical food resources for ‘ōpe’ape’a and native birds. Hawaiian invertebrates are essential pollinators of native trees and the biotrophic mediators of native Hawaiian forests.

  • Koa Bug

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    Iridescent, blue, green, maroon, and yellow coloring are unique identifiers of this endemic arthropod; measuring almost an inch in length, Coleotichus blackburniae is the largest native true bug of Hawaii

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