Gagne, Wayne C.|
Howarth, Francis G.
|Title:||Entomologists discover new life|
|Periodical:||Ka Elele Bishop Museum Newsletter|
|Subject:|| Wekiu bug|
Insects alpine climate
|Summary:||The discovery by Bishop Museum Entomologist Francis G. Howarth and research associates Steven L. Montgomery and William P. Mull of an aeolian ecosystem on Mauna Kea was surprising given the relative youth of the mountain and its isolation from similar aeolian ecosystems on the continents. At least four (4) species of arthropods have been discovered that exploit this habitat; and, although the systematic studies on them have not yet been completed, they appear to have close relatives among the native terrestrial fauna. The most remarkable species discovered was a highly evolved, long-legged black, nearly wingless true bug, the wekiu bug. This aeolian species feeds only on the dead and moribund arthropods chilled by the cold.|
|Label:||Insects - Wekiu|