State proposes biocontrol for miconia: Butterfly may help manage invasive weed in Hawaii forests

  • Miconia butterflies emerge from pupal cases. (Kenji Nishida/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Euselasia chrysippe caterpillars consume a miconia leaf. (Pablo Allen/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Miconia grows in Papaikou. In an effort to manage invasive miconia trees, the state Department of Agriculture is proposing the release of miconia butterfly, Euselasia chrysippe, which is known to feed on the noxious weed threatening Hawaii’s forests and watersheds. (File photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

In an effort to manage invasive miconia trees, the state Department of Agriculture is proposing the release of a butterfly known to feed on the noxious weed threatening Hawaii’s forests and watersheds.