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Contact: Polly Angelakis, 808-572-4450
The Hōlua backcountry area of Haleakalā National Park will close from the evening of Thursday, July 14th through late afternoon on July 15th so park biologists can control non-native Argentine ants.
Argentine ants prey upon native insects. One insect that is highly vulnerable to ant predation is the endemic yellow-faced bee, which is a primary pollinator of the threatened Haleakalā `āhinahina (silversword). This species of `āhinahina is found on Haleakalā and nowhere else on earth.
Hōlua will reopen on July 15th in the late afternoon