Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) on coconut trees. A joint effort between USDA, UH at Manoa, U.S. Navy, HDOA and other partners has mobilized and an Incident Command System (ICS) has been established to respond to this pest emergency.
Contact Randy Bartlett, CRB Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update, by emailing Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov, or by calling 808-832-0585
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August 16 – 29, 2015
- On Base (All DOD property on O`ahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-HI))
- 74 adults/24 larvae detected of 2055 adults/1994 larvae total detected since 12/23/2013.
- Off Base:
- 18 adults/0 larvae detected of 167 adults total detected since 12/23/2013.
- 16 delimiting survey barrel traps were converted to new standards on JBPH-HI.
- 17 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed on Waipio Peninsula for a total of 26 traps in the area.
- 3 compost/mulch/green waste sites were visually surveyed for CRB presence in the Nanakuli-Waianae district.
- CRB dead/damaged palms were detected at 2 sites in the Nanakuli-Waianae district.
- 1 dead palm was removed from the Ewa Beach – Iroquois Point area.
- Research is currently underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
- Beetle Fact: Damage is caused by the adult stage, specifically young adults that bore into the crowns of healthy palms.
This report uses the best information available at the time of writing and is not an official record of the project. Its purpose is to update partner agencies and concerned individuals about project progress. Questions regarding information in the report can be addressed by calling the project command post at (808) 832-0585. Mahalo.