Pulelehua

Hawaii State Insect

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Kamehameha butterfly

Kamehameha butterfly in north Maui; photo by LazyLibrarian on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution). 

Pulelehua; Kamehameha Butterfly

Hawaii designated pulelehua, also known as the kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) as the official state insect in 2009. The kamehameha is one of only two native butterfly species in Hawaii.

Hawaii

Images

Giant sign on a building in Waimea, Big Island; Koa butterfly on left, Kamehameha butterfly on right: photo by Forest Starr and Kim Starr on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Artwork of Hawaiian butterflies

Videos

Chasing butterflies in Hawaii