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In addition to some unwanted pests in the Kahului Airport area, there
are also many species of rare and beautiful native insects known from
that part of Maui.
One of these insects (found in nearby Makawao) is the native koa bug also
known as the stinkless stink bug. Unlike its mainland pest
cousin - the true stink bug, these koa bugs lack the glands that allow
real stink bugs to live up to their name.
The koa bugs, which have bodies that reflect almost all the colors of
the rainbow, are only found in Hawai`i and are commonly found on bushes
of a`ali`i as well as koa trees (which is how they got their common
Unfortunately, a fly that was introduced to help get rid of the pest stink
bugs (which have been causing problems with some of Hawaiis agricultural
crops) does not know the difference between the bad bug and the good
koa bug. By going after the wrong guy it has had a impact
on the reduction of its populations on most islands.
The koa bug is still around, but in very low numbers on most Hawaiian
islands. There are only a few areas left on the Big Island where it is
common. Hopefully our HBS field staff will find evidence on Maui that
it is making a comeback
| Photo by W.P. Mull