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Mesmerized by winged wildlife

April 23, 2014
The Maui News
Insect expert Ryan Caesar points out different types of butterflies and moths Tuesday afternoon during a presentation at the Makawao Public Library. The talk by the entomologist from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences drew more than 70 people, nearly twice as many children and adults as was expected. “He’s so good with the kids. They were just mesmerized,” said library branch manager Glenda Berry. “It’s Earth Day, so it was a perfect day to hold it.” Among the topics he covered, Caesar talked about preserving the native habitat for Hawaii’s state insect, the Kamehameha butterfly, and urged attendees to plant mamaki trees, which are the insects’ food source and where they hatch their young.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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