Coconut rhinoceros beetle found at Barbers Point

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

A male coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) has been found in a trap at Barbers Point, the Dept. of Agriculture said Wednesday.

It’s the farthest west that a CRB has been found on Oahu since it was first detected in December 2013 at the golf course at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The majority of the CRB detections remain within the two-mile buffer zone around the golf course, according to the department.

The new detection of the single adult male CRB was found on May 21 in a panel trap in an industrial area, extending the buffer zone one mile west and increasing the total buffer zone by nine square miles.

Traps will be deployed in higher density in the expanded buffer zone, and additional surveys for breeding sites and damage to coconut trees will be conducted, officials said.

The department also said a new breeding site was detected on May 21 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This new site is near a green waste storage area that has been closely monitored by crews.

Since CRB was first detected, eradication crews have set about 1,200 panel traps all over Oahu and surveyed about 66,000 palm trees and 150 mulch sites.

About 360 adult beetles, 520 larvae and 16 pupae have been found, mostly within the original buffer zone.

A multi-agency group has been working under the Incident Command System to manage this eradication program.

Suspected CRB should be reported to the state’s toll-free PEST hotline at 643-PEST (7378).

For updated information on CRB in Hawaii, visit the Dept. of Agriculture’s website.

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