Another new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu, one that damages coconut trees and other palm plants.
Since the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle was found at Pearl Harbor - Hickam in December 2013, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the USDA-PPQ have been working jointly with the military and the University of Hawaii to survey and conduct trapping activities in the Pearl Harbor - Hickam area to determine the extent of the infestation.
It is a major pest of palms in India, the Philippines, the Palaus, Fiji, Wallis, Nukunono, American and Western Samoa and Guam.
A tub grinder is used to eliminate the pest.
It is not known exactly how the beetles arrived in Hawaii.
The coconut rhinoceros beetle is mainly a pest of coconut and oil palms, but may also attack other palm species.
V-shaped cuts identify the beetle's damage.
The beetle bores holes into the trunks of palm trees.