Entomologist recommends planting pollinator gardens to help benefit native Hawaiian insects

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A keiki plays on monarch butterfly playground equipment at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Garden Exchange owner Tammy Enriquez smiles while looking at a flower from a crown flower plant, which attracts monarch caterpillars and butterflies, as well as native Hawaii insects, on Thursday in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A monarch caterpillar walks and eats a crown flower plant on Thursday at Garden Exchange in Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Garden Exchange owner Tammy Enriquez stands by tropical milkweeds that are used to attract monarch caterpillars and butterflies, as well as insects native to Hawaii, on Thursday in Hilo.

A call to action from the environmental community has been sent out to help save the migrating monarch butterfly. But in Hawaii, a variety of other endemic insects are threatened or endangered and could benefit from home gardeners planting flora native to Hawaii