Recent reports of a new butterfly discovery heralded the arrival of the butterfly Zizina otis, the Lesser Grass Blue, on Oʻahu.
Amateur butterfly enthusiast Jim Snyder first spotted and photographed the unknown butterfly in Kapiʻolani Park on March 16th, 2008. Soon after Daniel Rubinoff, an invasive species biologist in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences at UH Mānoa, observed and collected specimens of the species which was then identified by the team of scientists following this discovery.
Mālamalama magazine spoke with Rubinoff about the butterfly, which had never before been seen in the United States. We asked him how innocuous this new incursion really is and if it wasn’t an invasive species.
- Listen to Rubinoff as he shares with reporter Jeela Ongley some insights into one of Hawaiʻi’s newest resident, the Lesser Grass Blue
- View more pictures of the Lesser Grass Blue by Jim Snyder.
- Specimens of the Lesser Grass Blue and hundreds of other insects are collected in the University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Insect Museum.