Mamaki under attack: Ramie moth confirmed on Big Island

Mamaki is used in the healing practices of la‘au lapa‘au. Courtesy photo /Special to West Hawaii Today

The Ramie moth's larvae, recently found on the Big Island, feeds on the mamaki plant. Photo courtesy DLNR/Special to West Hawaii Today

Adult Ramie moth. (Photo courtesy Department of Agriculture/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A handful of freshly dried, Big Island grown mamaki is seen Sunday. Though the Ramie moth's larvae will chew holes in the mamaki leaves, they are still safe for consumption. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Another Big Island crop is under attack by an invasive species prompting the Department of Agriculture to issue a pest alert.