Newly Arrived Immigrant Species to Hawai‘i
William D. Perreira is our Principal Investigator and Entomologist Consultant on our surveying for newly arrived insect species to Hawai‘i. He studied Zoology at the University of Hawai‘i along with years in the study of insects. Our consultant, William D. Perreira, Entomologist / Zoologist has over 30 years of experience. While working at the University of Hawai‘i he has collected the “type specimen” of the world’s smallest known flying insect Kikiki huna, a fairy fly wasp, at Ili`ili`opae, Molokai and the native species of flightless flies. And he continues to survey, identify, and collaborate with offshore professionals to find newly arrived species to Hawai’i.
Currently we have identified over 90 newly arrived species to Hawai’i, including 2 new families of insects, with many in publication. We continue this important work to protect our precious flora and fauna. Remember Tantalus with the grand native Hawaiian Wiliwili Trees? Sadly, the Erythrina Gall Wasp has almost eliminated them. And now our native ’Ōhi’a Lehua Trees are our present concern.
Invasive insect pests are estimated to cost the State of Hawai`i roughly $600 million dollars a year in damage to our economy and incalculable loses to our native environment.