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.