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For first time, giant invasive beetle found in Waimanalo

Coconut rhinoceros beetle are invasive pests in Hawaii. (Image: State Department of Agriculture) Coconut rhinoceros beetle are invasive pests in Hawaii. (Image: State Department of Agriculture)
WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the first time, the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle has been found on Oahu's east side, across the mountains from known areas of colonization. 

A female beetle was found alive on July 19 at a property in Waimanalo. 

State Department of Agriculture officials say while in captivity the beetle did lay eggs, but none of them hatched.

There is no sign of other eggs or other beetles establishing themselves in the area, and more traps have been deployed in response to the discovery. 

Darcy Oishi, the state's biological control section chief, says the beetle most likely got to Waimanalo by "hitchhiking" on something.

Coconut rhinoceros beetles are capable of killing all palm species and attacking bananas, taro, pineapples, and sugarcane.

The beetles and larva like to hide in green waste and mulch piles. Agricultural experts recommend inspecting any mulch piles regularly.

The beetles were first found on Oahu in December 2013, mainly in the Pearl Harbor-Hickam area.

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