VIDEO: UH Hilo entomologist Jesse Eiben explains his ongoing study of the Wēkiu bug on Maunakea

Jesse Eiben, professor of entomology at UH Hilo, gave his presentation at a community meeting on Maunakea and the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Jessie Eiben
Jessie Eiben

Jesse Eiben, professor of entomology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, gave a presentation on his ongoing study of the Wēkiu bug on Maunakea at the last of four community meetings on the Thirty Meter Telescope organized by the Hilo-Hāmākua Community Development Corporation.

From Big Island Video News, June 10, 2015:

The forth and final of the TMT & Maunakea: Common Ground talks was held Tuesday night at the Laupahoehoe Public Charter School cafeteria. The discussions are organized by the Hilo-Hamakua Community Development Corporation in order to “bring more information to the community that it serves (from north of the singing bridge in Hilo to Waipi‘o Valley) so that people can make informed decisions about the TMT.”

University of Hawai‘i entomologist Jesse Eiben was the second of three speakers. His talk focused on his ongoing study of the rare, endemic Wēkiu bug, Nysius wekiuicola, which makes its home on the higher elevations of Mauna Kea.

Related: UH Hilo Stories, Sept. 5 2015: Study of the rare wēkiu bug leads to new conservation tool

Related: UH Hilo Stories, May 28, 2015: VIDEO: Stephanie Nagata explains the work of the Office of Maunakea Management in caring for mountain