The USDA is seeking our help to eradicate the Rhinoceros Beetle in Hawai’i. This ugly bug burrows into the crowns of coconut and other palms to feed on sap. In the process, they kill the palms. They have voracious appetites, travel easily from tree-to-tree by flying, and can reproduce quickly.
The Rhino beetle is larger than normal bugs in Hawaii with a dark brown shell and a single horn on its head. It lays eggs in compost or rotting coconut leaves. Infected trees will display a distinctive V-shaped cut in the stem of leaves.
If you think you have found a rhino bug, do not move the potentially infested material. Instead immediately call the State Pest Hotline at 808-643-7378.
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