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Researchers need help saving the Kamehameha butterfly
Researchers need help saving the Kamehameha butterfly
Published: 2014/02/17
Channel: University of Hawai‘i News
Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) moulting into a chrysalis
Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) moulting into a chrysalis
Published: 2014/06/05
Channel: William Haines
Geek Beat - World Conservation Congress, Landscape MD, Kamehameha Butterfly
Geek Beat - World Conservation Congress, Landscape MD, Kamehameha Butterfly
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Hawaii News Now
Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar
Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar
Published: 2013/10/24
Channel: William Haines
Kamehameha Butterflies
Kamehameha Butterflies
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: Seasons145
Kamehameha Butterfly
Kamehameha Butterfly
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Jim Denny
Top 10 Moves Of Kenny Omega
Top 10 Moves Of Kenny Omega
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: Miki Barta
Public needed to track Kamehameha butterfly decline
Public needed to track Kamehameha butterfly decline
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: Big Island Video News
Kamehameha Butterfly Flapping
Kamehameha Butterfly Flapping
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Barbara Spiecker
The Internet of Experiences: Swagmark the Kamehameha Butterfly
The Internet of Experiences: Swagmark the Kamehameha Butterfly
Published: 2014/03/25
Channel: bulamonto
KAMEHAMEHA DE QUASE TODAS AS GERAÇÕES EM 40 SEGUNDOS! - Faça Junto Pt. 1
KAMEHAMEHA DE QUASE TODAS AS GERAÇÕES EM 40 SEGUNDOS! - Faça Junto Pt. 1
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Dubladamente
A hatching Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar (Vanessa tameamea)
A hatching Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar (Vanessa tameamea)
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: William Haines
Kamehameha Butterfly sap
Kamehameha Butterfly sap
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Barbara Spiecker
Kamehameha Butterfly hatching
Kamehameha Butterfly hatching
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Barbara Spiecker
Worms or caterpillar will turn into a beautiful  Kamehameha butterfly
Worms or caterpillar will turn into a beautiful Kamehameha butterfly
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: Rigel's World
Alex Free Stock Video Footage   Full HD   Green Screen   Butterfly animated   all Positions
Alex Free Stock Video Footage Full HD Green Screen Butterfly animated all Positions
Published: 2014/11/03
Channel: Алтынбек Чотонов
Scientists ask for help protecting Hawaii
Scientists ask for help protecting Hawaii's state butterfly
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: KHON2 News
Got Kamehameha?
Got Kamehameha?
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: Booyakashaa Awesome Channel
State takes steps to protect rare, endemic butterfly, snail
State takes steps to protect rare, endemic butterfly, snail
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: KHON2 News
BROOKE MING - 4-12-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 4-12-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: NEZUMI7742
Hatching butterflies
Hatching butterflies
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: Sasha Harris-Cronin
Hwn KoaB
Hwn KoaB
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Pugbanana13
NAOMI NAKAYA - Kamehameha Swim Club - 10/12/2013 - 50 yard butterfly
NAOMI NAKAYA - Kamehameha Swim Club - 10/12/2013 - 50 yard butterfly
Published: 2013/10/13
Channel: NEZUMI7742
butterflysex.mov
butterflysex.mov
Published: 2010/10/16
Channel: TheMauiboobear
Monsanto Hawaii Monarch Butterfly Program
Monsanto Hawaii Monarch Butterfly Program
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: KHON2 News
Pearlridge Center Butterfly Conservatory
Pearlridge Center Butterfly Conservatory
Published: 2014/03/26
Channel: Hawaii News Now
Kamehameha Cat
Kamehameha Cat
Published: 2011/11/04
Channel: MUKOKUSEKI
BROOKE MING - 11-29-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Yard Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 11-29-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Yard Butterfly
Published: 2014/11/30
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - 10-26-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 200 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 10-26-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 200 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: NEZUMI7742
SMOTHERWING BUTTERFLY - FAST FARMING GUIDE! Zelda: Breath of the Wild
SMOTHERWING BUTTERFLY - FAST FARMING GUIDE! Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Ventus SGN
BROOKE MING - 10-25-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 10-25-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: NEZUMI7742
Silverspot Butterfly
Silverspot Butterfly
Published: 2015/08/19
Channel: Garden Time TV
Butterfly Exhibit
Butterfly Exhibit
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: KHON2 News
The Lifecycle of a Butterfly Lab 11
The Lifecycle of a Butterfly Lab 11
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: Vanessa Niedzwiecki
NAOMI NAKAYA - 2-23-2014 -Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Yard Butterfly
NAOMI NAKAYA - 2-23-2014 -Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Yard Butterfly
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - 01-18-2015 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 METER BUTTERFLY
BROOKE MING - 01-18-2015 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 METER BUTTERFLY
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: NEZUMI7742
The Spin of the Day: Hawaii
The Spin of the Day: Hawaii
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: The Spin Of The Day
Chrysalis - Monarch butterfly Aiea Hawaii
Chrysalis - Monarch butterfly Aiea Hawaii
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Doris Segal Matsunaga
BROOKE MING - 7-20-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 100 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 7-20-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 100 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - 7-6-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 100 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 7-6-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 100 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - 10-18-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 10-18-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - Kamehameha Swim Club - 10/26/2013 - 50 yd. Butterfly
BROOKE MING - Kamehameha Swim Club - 10/26/2013 - 50 yd. Butterfly
Published: 2013/10/29
Channel: NEZUMI7742
NOELANI NAKAYA - 4-11-2014 -Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
NOELANI NAKAYA - 4-11-2014 -Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - Kamehameha Swim Club - 1-19-2014 -  50 Meter Butterfly
BROOKE MING - Kamehameha Swim Club - 1-19-2014 - 50 Meter Butterfly
Published: 2014/01/20
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - 5-17-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Butterfly
BROOKE MING - 5-17-2014 - Kamehameha Swim Club - 50 Butterfly
Published: 2014/05/18
Channel: NEZUMI7742
BROOKE MING - Kamehameha Swim Club - 10/12/2013 - 50 yard butterfly
BROOKE MING - Kamehameha Swim Club - 10/12/2013 - 50 yard butterfly
Published: 2013/10/13
Channel: NEZUMI7742
After Effect Goku Style Kamehameha After Effect
After Effect Goku Style Kamehameha After Effect
Published: 2014/06/14
Channel: Butterfly motions
What Bugs Hawaii - Dr. Daniel Rubinoff
What Bugs Hawaii - Dr. Daniel Rubinoff
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
Pulelehua
Pulelehua
Published: 2015/08/23
Channel: Cindy Combs - Topic
DLNR & YOU Protecting All Creatures Great & Small Endangered Tree Snails HD
DLNR & YOU Protecting All Creatures Great & Small Endangered Tree Snails HD
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: Department. of Land and Natural Resources
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Kamehameha butterfly
Kamehamehabutterfly2.jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessa
Species: V. tameamea
Binomial name
Vanessa tameamea
(Eschscholtz, 1878)

The Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is one of the two species of butterfly endemic to Hawaii, the other is Udara blackburni.[1] The Hawaiian name is pulelehua. This is today a catch-all native term for all butterflies; its origin seems to be pulelo "to float" or "to undulate in the air" + lehua, "reddish," or "rainbow colored," probably due to the predominant color of the Metrosideros polymorpha flower: an animal that floats through the air, from one lehua to another. Alternatively, it is called lepelepe-o-Hina – roughly, "Hina's fringewing" – which is today also used for the introduced monarch butterfly.

The Kamehameha butterfly was named the state insect of Hawaii in 2009, due to the work of a group of fifth-graders from Pearl Ridge Elementary.[2] These 5th graders (Robyn-Ashley Amano, Ryan Asuka, Kristi Kimura, Jennifer Loui, Toshiro Yanai and Jenna Yanke) proposed the butterfly as the state insect to various legislators as a project for Gifted and Talented.

Description[edit]

The caterpillars feed on the leaves of plants in the Urticaceae family,[3] especially those of māmaki (Pipturus albidus)[4] but also ōpuhe (Urera spp.), ʻākōlea (Boehmeria grandis), olonā (Touchardia latifolia), and maʻoloa (Neraudia spp.).[3] Adults eat the sap of koa (Acacia koa) trees.[5]

Taxonomy[edit]

It is named after the royal House of Kamehameha; the last king of this lineage, Kamehameha V, had died in 1872, a short time before this species was described. The specific name tameamea is an old-fashioned and partially wrong transcription of "Kamehameha". The Hawaiian language has no strict distinction between the voiceless alveolar plosive and voiceless velar plosive; use varies from island to island, but today, "k" is used as the standard transliteration. The voiceless glottal transition "h" is distinct and should always be pronounced - for example, "aloha" is correct whereas "aloa" is a wrong pronunciation. Thus, while "Tamehameha" would be a legitimate transcription (though considered old-fashioned on most islands), "Tameamea" is not.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oboyski, Peter T. "Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea)". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Jeanne (2009-08-21). "Emblems of Hawaii a surprise to many Americans". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ a b Scott, James A. (1992). The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide. Stanford University Press. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-8047-2013-7. 
  4. ^ Little Jr., Elbert L.; Roger G. Skolmen (1989). "Mamaki" (PDF). Common Forest Trees of Hawaii (Native and Introduced). United States Forest Service. 
  5. ^ Scott, Susan (1991). Plants and Animals of Hawaii. Bess Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-935848-93-9. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Vanessa tameamea at Wikimedia Commons


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