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.
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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The rare and endangered ‘akiapōlā‘au occurs in only a few areas of upper elevation koa/‘ōhi‘a forest on the Big Island. The ‘akiapōlā‘au feeds on insects and caterpillars living in the wood and under the bark of koa trees. Its bill is one of the most unusual in the honeycreeper family.