In the summer of 1998, I spent three weeks rounding out my collection of Hawaiian damselflies with intensive collecing on five of Hawaii's high islands. I also presented preliminary results from my work at the Hawaii Conservation Conference.
From October 16-November 5, 1999, I was in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia collecting damselflies, dragonflies, and true bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera). This expedition was funded by the Smithsonian Institution and included Dr. Dan Polhemus of the Smithsonian, Dr. John Polhemus of Colorado, and Ron Englund of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. Several family records for the archipelago were recorded and numerous new species were collected. We climbed to the summit of four Marquesan Islands: Nuku Hiva and Ua Huka in the north, and Hiva Oa and Tahuata in the south. Remarkable discoveries included arboreal Saldidae and Hydrometridae and a mini-radiation of damselflies.
Marquesas Islands, 1999 - Photo page 1
Marquesas Islands, 1999 - Photo page 2