Kamehameha Butterfly (Pulelehua, 8 in x 8 in)
$500.00 / Sold Out
Oil on canvas, 2016
Includes gold wood frame (11.5 inches x 11.5 inches total size including frame)
Shown as a diptych with "Koa Butterfly"
The pulelehua was officially adopted as the Hawaiʻi State Insect in 2009, in response to a proposal by a group of elementary school students. The butterfly was named in honor of the House of Kamehameha, the royal family that unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810, and reigned until the death of Kamehameha V in 1872. The Kamehameha butterfly was formally described in 1878. Although the butterfly is historically known from all the main Hawaiian Islands (Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi), it is no longer found in some areas where it used to be common (e.g. Tantalus on Oʻahu), and it appears to be declining.