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Abutilon sandwicense, Halona management area, Lualualei Valley

March 23, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I was back up in Lualualei Valley checking on another species of Abutilon, Abutilon sandwicense.  These plants were higher up in the mountains in a portion of the valley we refer to as the Halona Management Area.  I don’t have much experience with Abutilon, but from the plants we have in Lualualei, A. sandwicense seems to grow much differently from A. menziesii  – it grows tall and lanky, and it is not very bushy like menziesii.  There were no flowers, but they seemed to be doing OK.

While I was there, I did some poking around on a  nearby Sapindus tree that usually hides some nice little treasures.  On the leaves I found Hyposmocoma, and, to my surprise, one appeared to have a parasitoid wasp lurking around its case.  This same small tree also had some interesting Tetragnatha spiders, some cool Salticids (ant mimics?), and some kind of beetle larvae (I think?).

I had seen these Salticids on this same tree back in 2010, and at the time I inquiredabout them to the friendly entomologists at the Bishop Museum.  I’m not sure he would want me quoting him, but in Frank Howarth’s words, “It’s a male Siler sp. [Salticidae] and apparently still undetermined.  I’ve seen a specimen from Makua Valley.  It was recorded from Hawaii by J. Proszynski 2002. (Remarks on Salticidae (Aranei) from Hawaii, with description of Havaika – gen. nov. Arthropoda Selecta ,vol. 10 (3): 225-241, f 81.) from a damaged specimen collected in 1974 by Wayne Gagne in the Waianae Mts.”

The Entomology staff at the Bishop Museum is awesome – Mahalo to Frank and Neal.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Starr Environmental permalink
    March 23, 2012 5:31 pm

    Interesting. Thanks for highlighting some of the creatures up there.

  2. August 25, 2013 3:11 pm

    桂由美 ウェディングドレス

  3. midnightrambler956 permalink
    October 6, 2015 7:49 pm

    A bit late to the show, but the parasitoid is a native bethylid wasp, Sierola. It’s a fairly common (and very distinctive) species that seems to be almost identical to S. kauaiensis from (obviously) Kauai, but they don’t get around very well so it seems likely it’s a separate species. Great to catch it in action!

    • corycampora permalink*
      November 20, 2015 8:58 pm

      Awesome, thanks! I might start writing on this blog again.

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