HONOLULU (KHON2) — For the first time outside of Oahu, the islands have detected more coconut rhinoceros beetles, a pest that threatens palm trees.
According to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, two coconut rhinoceros beetles were found near Līhu‘e Airport.
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The first CRB was found on May 31 live inside one of the department’s traps near the green waste transfer station close to the airport. On June 2, a dead CRB was found in another trap nearby.
The HDOA said “CRB is a serious pest of palm trees, primarily coconut palms, as the adult beetles bore into the crowns of the palms to feed on the tree’s sap.”