Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
Detected in Hawaii in 2013, the coconut rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) is an invasive pest native to areas of Southeast Asia. In fact, it’s one of the most destructive pests to various types of palms growing throughout the Pacific Islands and Asia. As of this writing, the beetle has only invaded the Hawaiian Islands and hasn’t made it across the ocean to the mainland U.S. Early detection and management is the best course of control to keep your coconut palms (Cocos nucifera) healthy.