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Scientific name: Drosophila mulli
Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Insecta. Order: Diptera.
Status: USFWS Proposed Endangered
Distribution Big Island
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Hawaii has more species of these flies than anywhere else on Earth. Picture-winged flies are sometimes up to 5 times the size of their mainland cousins. This very rare species is known only from a few populations on the Big Island in association with a rare palm. It is named for the well-known Hawaiian nature photographer, Bill Mull, who discovered it on his birthday..
|Photo by W.P. Mull|