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Several papers have been published on the Kamehameha butterfly. We have listed a few below that summarize the life cycle, behavior, and evolutionary origins of the Kamehameha butterfly. 

Dr. John Leeper has also compiled an exhaustive list of citations from the Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society related to the Kamehameha butterfly and introduced species of Vanessa. Note that the butterfly has gone by several slightly different scientific names in the past, but the current name is Vanessa tameamea.

Williams, F. X. 1928. The Kamehameha Butterfly, Vanessa tammeamea Esch. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society. 7(1): 164-169.

Gorelick, G. A. and Wielgus, R. S. 1968. Notes and observations on the biology and host preferences of Vanessa tameamea (Nymphalidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 22(2): 111-114.

Tabashnik, B. E., W. D. Perreira, J. S. Strazanac, and S. L. Montgomery. 1992. Population ecology of the Kamehameha butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 85(3): 282-285.

Wahlberg, N. and D. Rubinoff. 2011. Vagility across Vanessa (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): mobility in butterfly species does not inhibit the formation and persistence of isolated sister taxa. Systematic Entomology. 36(2): 362-370. 

Other Links:

"Kamehameha butterfly" on Wikipedia
"Kamehameha butterflies in the koa forests" on, by Nathan Yuen

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