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Hawaii State Insect

Pulelehua, or kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea); official state insect of Hawaii. Photo by Jim Denny on Flickr (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Official State Insect of Hawai'i

Hawaii designated pulelehua, also known as the kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) as the official state insect in 2009. The kamehameha is one of only two native butterfly species in Hawaii (the other is Udara blackburni). All State Insects