Entomologist recommends planting pollinator gardens to help benefit native Hawaiian insects
By GRANT PHILLIPS Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Sunday, August 7, 2022, 12:05 a.m.
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A keiki plays on monarch butterfly playground equipment at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo on Wednesday.
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.
A monarch caterpillar walks and eats a crown flower plant on Thursday at Garden Exchange in Hilo.
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