Koa Butterfly (12 in x 12 in)
oil on wood, 2015
12 in x 12 in
gold leaf floater frame (13.5 in wide with frame)
Of the seventeen butterflies found in Hawai‘i, only two are native--the Kamehameha Butterfly and the Koa Butterfly, sometimes called Blackburn’s Blue. The Koa Butterfly is only about an inch long and the upper sides of the wings are blue (which gives butterflies of this group its common name) and the undersides green. Its caterpillars eat the leaves of the native Hawaiian acacia tree (koa) while the adults sip the nectar of flowers.