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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 caterpillar
Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar
Published: 2013/10/24
Channel: William Haines
Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) moulting into a chrysalis
Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) moulting into a chrysalis
Published: 2014/06/05
Channel: William Haines
Public needed to track Kamehameha butterfly decline
Public needed to track Kamehameha butterfly decline
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: Big Island Video News
Scientists ask for help protecting Hawaii
Scientists ask for help protecting Hawaii's state butterfly
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: KHON2 News
Kamehameha Butterflies
Kamehameha Butterflies
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: Seasons145
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
The Internet of Experiences: Swagmark the Kamehameha Butterfly
The Internet of Experiences: Swagmark the Kamehameha Butterfly
Published: 2014/03/25
Channel: bulamonto
Kamehameha Butterfly
Kamehameha Butterfly
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Jim Denny
Ultra Instinct Star Butterfly
Ultra Instinct Star Butterfly
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Crossover Fanatic
Kamehameha
Kamehameha
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Bigby Vestal
Kamehameha Cat
Kamehameha Cat
Published: 2011/11/04
Channel: MUKOKUSEKI
A hatching Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar (Vanessa tameamea)
A hatching Kamehameha butterfly caterpillar (Vanessa tameamea)
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: William Haines
Kamehameha Butterfly Flapping
Kamehameha Butterfly Flapping
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Barbara Spiecker
Where Does The Kamehameha Butterfly Live?
Where Does The Kamehameha Butterfly Live?
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: Question Bank
Kamehameha Butterfly sap
Kamehameha Butterfly sap
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Barbara Spiecker
Hwn KoaB
Hwn KoaB
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Pugbanana13
Kamehameha Butterfly hatching
Kamehameha Butterfly hatching
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Barbara Spiecker
Caterpillar Transforms into a Butterfly, Metamorphosis Time Lapse
Caterpillar Transforms into a Butterfly, Metamorphosis Time Lapse
Published: 2017/08/31
Channel: TimeLapseCameras
PULELEHUA
PULELEHUA
Published: 2011/05/12
Channel: ursoui22
DJ S3RL feat j0hnny Kamehameha DBZ AMV
DJ S3RL feat j0hnny Kamehameha DBZ AMV
Published: 2012/01/03
Channel: FHUDavid2016
List of U.S. state butterflies
List of U.S. state butterflies
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: Search Engine
Kamehameha Swim Club Profile
Kamehameha Swim Club Profile
Published: 2012/09/01
Channel: Mike Lewis
Butterfly Exhibit
Butterfly Exhibit
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: KHON2 News
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
The Spin of the Day: Hawaii
The Spin of the Day: Hawaii
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: The Spin Of The Day
Waiilikahi Falls in Waimanu Valley
Waiilikahi Falls in Waimanu Valley
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: John Sutherland
Pearlridge Center Butterfly Conservatory
Pearlridge Center Butterfly Conservatory
Published: 2014/03/26
Channel: Hawaii News Now
Kamehameha Swim Club boys 15-16 200 free relay
Kamehameha Swim Club boys 15-16 200 free relay
Published: 2012/07/16
Channel: Hidomer
Pulelehua - Ukulele Etude 1
Pulelehua - Ukulele Etude 1
Published: 2012/01/07
Channel: Jonathan Moody
State Insects
State Insects
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: Ent _Tune
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
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
Chrysalis - Monarch butterfly Aiea Hawaii
Chrysalis - Monarch butterfly Aiea Hawaii
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: Doris Segal Matsunaga
Monarch Caterpillars, Butterflies & Common Milkweed
Monarch Caterpillars, Butterflies & Common Milkweed
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Give it a Grow
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Published: 2017/11/04
Channel: Mallela GBRS
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
Video Essay: Saving the Miami Blue Butterfly
Video Essay: Saving the Miami Blue Butterfly
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: Associated Press
Knut, Popoki, and their new sister Pulelehua, get to know each other
Knut, Popoki, and their new sister Pulelehua, get to know each other
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: knuttheknewf
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 - 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
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
Pulelehua
Pulelehua
Published: 2015/08/23
Channel: Cindy Combs - Topic
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
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
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 - 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
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
What Bugs Hawaii - Dr. Daniel Rubinoff
What Bugs Hawaii - Dr. Daniel Rubinoff
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: ThinkTech Hawaii
KAMEHAMEHA Lina Mid vs Carry Team Super Speed 40 Kills Epic Gameplay by Draskyl Dota 2
KAMEHAMEHA Lina Mid vs Carry Team Super Speed 40 Kills Epic Gameplay by Draskyl Dota 2
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: Dota 2 Meta
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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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