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Kula in Maui County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

Wind, Wave and Wings-Oodemas maulense-

Haleakala National Park

 
 
Wind, Wave and Wings-Oodemas maulense- Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
1. Wind, Wave and Wings-Oodemas maulense- Marker
Inscription. The Hawaiian Islands are very isolated. Colonizing species arrived, against overwhelming odds, by wind, waves, or wings as a small group or flock, or even just a single individual. A species survival depended upon ability to find suitable food and habitat to sustain life and allow reproduction. Once here the colonizers were isolated from all other individuals of their species. In this isolation, the new arrivals adapted to diverse habitats and ultimately evolved into new species.

From a single colonizing species the small, rare snout weevils (Oodemas), found only in the Hawaiian Islands, evolved into 62 different species. Fifteen species are found with Haleakala National Park. Many snout weevils are found only in a very restricted habitat, such as, the summit of Haleakala. The Hawaiian species have evolved in isolation for so long that the original ancestor is unknown.

A favorite food for birds, adult Oodemas weevils hide under bark and in mosses and leaf litter by day; at night, these tiny weevils emerge to feed on native plants. The species shown is less than 3/16 of an inch long.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 20° 45.57′ N, 156° 14.778′ 
The marker is in the background and part of the photo shows the visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 6, 2008
2. The marker is in the background and part of the photo shows the visitor center
W. Marker is in Kula, Hawaii, in Maui County. Marker is on Carter Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Haleakala National Park headquarters visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Kula HI 96790, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hawaiian Goose or Nene (Nay-Nay (here, next to this marker); Ranch Wall (approx. 1 miles away); Haleakala National Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pa Ka'oao White Hill Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Holy Ghost Catholic Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named Haleakala National Park (approx. 12.9 miles away); Palapala Hoomau Congregational Church (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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