Like much of the wildlife in the Baldwin Hills, insect and snail diversity has greatly decreased as the land was settled and developed. With the influx of exotic plants, came greater numbers of non-native arthropods and snails, which have become quite abundant and invasive. The presence of many of our native invertebrates depends on the diversity of vegetation in the area, illustrating the fragile relationship between the flora and fauna in the Baldwin Hills. As you explore the area, you might recognize the Green Fig Beetle slowly crossing your path or the quick orange flash of a Monarch Butterfly. But look closer and you might discover many of the hundreds of other invertebrates inhabiting the Baldwin Hills!
To learn more about the insects and snails in the Baldwin Hills: