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Outbreak of moths robs koa trees of their leaves

  • COURTESY DLNR
    Trees in mature koa forests in East Hawaii are losing their leaves amid a sudden increase in the koa looper moth population. Caterpillars of the native moth, inset, are eating the leaves, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday.
  • COURTESY DLNR
    Trees in mature koa forests in East Hawaii are losing their leaves amid a sudden increase in the koa looper moth population. Caterpillars of the native moth, inset, are eating the leaves, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday.

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