- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - State officials say an invasive beetle that damages palm trees has been found in Mililani.

The state Department of Agriculture said Tuesday the adult coconut rhinoceros beetle was discovered in a trap south of the Leilehua Golf Course.

This is several miles north of a zone where the beetle had been found previously.

The beetles have also been discovered at Campbell Industrial Park on Oahu’s west side and near Diamond Head Lookout on the east side.

Coconut rhinoceros beetles are native to the Asian tropics, but have been accidentally introduced to western and central Pacific islands.

The beetle was first discovered on Oahu in December.

The beetle damages palms by boring into the center of the crown and feeding on the sap. They also cut through developing leaves.



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