Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Found in Hawaii

The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle is an invasive species that is considered extremely a major pest of coconut palm, oil palm and other palm species.  damage and destroy coconut and other types of palm trees. 

Since being found in Guam in 2007, these troublesome beetles have spread across the island in only three years, destroying over 50% of the once thriving coconut industry there. Though there are biological agents used to control the spread of these beetles, a new breed is once again threatening local coconut populations. 

Just this last month, this new breed of beetle was found in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Department of Agriculture is taking immediate steps to survey and restrict the spread of these beetles so that the coconut industry in Hawaii does not fall into the same situation as Guam. 

If you live in the Pearl City Peninsula and discover these invasive species, please contact the State of Hawaii Plant Industry Division

Frederic Zhang