The National Park Service conducted the 2004 and 2009 studies of the koa looper moth on Maui, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. An article in Saturday’s West Hawaii Today had incorrect information about those studies. The U.S. Forest Service collected data for another study of the moth, in 1977. The last outbreaks of the moth in Kona were documented in 1892 and 1895.
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