Maui December 2013 Trip #10
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Part 10: Maui Animals

Giant Asian Mantis (Hierodula patellifera)

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Large green preying mantis at Hotel Wailea Maui. Probably the giant Asian mantis (Hierodula patellifera).

Jackson's 3-Horned Chameleon (Triceros jacksonii)

Elaine found this Jackson's 3-horned chameleon (Triceros jacksonii) on a flowering sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica) along the trail to Twin Falls. The male is bright green with three horns. The female is brown and without horns.

Spiny-Back Spider (Thelacantha brevispina)

Spiny-Back Spider (Thelacantha brevispina): A small, striking orb weaver spider that is very common in lowland coastal areas. It is closely related to the genus Gasteracantha.

Black-Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black-Crowned Night Heron, a resident bird of the Hawaiian Islands.

Coccinellidae: Steel-Blue Ladybird Beetle (Halmus chalybeus)

Elaine found this beautiful steel-blue ladybird beetle (Halmus chalybeus), family Coccinellidae, on a dried kukui nut leaf in Iao Valley State Park.