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28. Picture-Winged Drosophila

Scientific name: Drosophila mulli

Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Insecta. Order: Diptera. Family: Drosophilidae

Origin: Native

Status: USFWS Proposed Endangered

Distribution Big Island

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Hawai‘i 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