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Kamehameha Butterfly

Kamehameha Butterfly

The Kamehameha butterfly has been recorded from all the main Hawaiian Islands, but relies on native plants, so is generally restricted to areas near native forest. If you see potential Kamehameha butterfly adults, caterpillars, or eggs, please photograph them and upload your observations. See our website,, for more info on how to recognize the Kamehameha butterfly and common introduced orange and black butterflies of Hawaii. The primary food plant for the caterpillar is māmaki (Pipturus albidus), but it also occurs on less common native plants in the family Urticaceae, including ōpuhe (Urera spp.), ʻākōlea (Boehmeria grandis), olonā (Touchardia latifolia), and maʻoloa (Neraudia spp.). The caterpillars of the Kamehameha butterfly often fold up the leaf to create a little shelter for themselves. Eggs, which are laid on the underside of leaves, are tiny and round with lines or ridges running down the sides. Sign in to join mission

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The goal of this project is to map the distribution of the Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) and assess the health of populations on different Hawaiian Islands. The Kamehameha butterfly is endemic to Hawaii, meaning it is native to Hawaii and found nowhere else! This beautiful butterfly is our State Insect, but there is some evidence that it is declining on some islands. We need your help to document where this butterfly occurs by photographing the butterfly, its caterpillars, or eggs, and uploading them to Project Noah.

Kamehameha Butterfly

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