Beetle mania: Volcano students contribute to rapid ohia death research

  • Photo by Kalmia Cayir Fifth-graders Lenx Neves and Diesel Kaleohano inspect ambrosia beetles Friday using battery-powered microscopes.
  • Kenneth Puliafico, volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service
  • Diesel Kaleohano, 11
  • Kalea Smith, 10
  • Photo by Kalmia Cayir Kealoha Kinney, research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, helps first-graders Keaka Wintersteen and Caleb Kirk inspect the contents of their beetle traps Friday morning.

VOLCANO — Scientists are teaming up with students at the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences to better study ambrosia beetles, a potential vector of rapid ohia death.