On July 19th, 2018 an adult female coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) was found in Waimanalo. This is the first detection on Oahu’s east side since the beetle arrived on the island in December 2013. There are no other signs of beetles establishing themselves in the area and more traps have been deployed to aid in monitoring. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture biological control section chief, Darcy Oishi, says it’s likely the beetle hitchhiked to the area.
Coconut rhinoceros beetles breed in mulch and green waste piles. Adult beetles feed not only on coconut trees, but also date palms, pineapple, taro, sugar cane, papaya, hala and native loulu palms. It’s recommended to inspect mulch and green waste piles regularly and report any suspect CRB grubs, adults or suspected damage to CRB Response at 679-5244 or email BeetleBustersHI@gmail.com.