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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB)
Bi-Weekly Update

Oryctes rhinoceros
male (Aubrey Moore, University of Guam)

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.

Please find below the latest update or click here to view/download as PDF.

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

*Bi-Weekly CRB updates will be sent to the full HISC Listserv, to opt-out of the updates, please respond to this email indicating you do not wish to receive them.

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February 2-13, 2015 Update
  • During this reporting period, panel traps were serviced 2,999 times, and barrel traps were serviced 138 times.
  • Outreach activities during this two week period reached 103 people.
  • In the past two weeks, 55 adult beetles were detected in traps and mulch surveys.
  • Fourteen dead or damaged palms were removed during this reporting period, but no CRB were found in them.
  • An insecticide and silica sand application trial to damaged crowns of coconut trees at Māmala Bay Golf Course was initiated on 01/21/15.  The tested insecticide was found effective in laboratory trials.  The sand application was based on reports in the Philippines and India that sand affects adult CRB ability to bore thru petioles. CRB research is supported by a USDA, Farm Bill grant with collaboration from UH, HDOA, and JBPHH facility personnel.
  • The Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) presented numerous outreach classes during the last year. Topics of discussion were CRB biology, damage and trapping.
  • Beetle Fact: Beetles, as a group are remarkably adept at adapting to ecological changes, and have survived multiple mass extinctions in the past 230 million years since they first appeared in the fossil record.
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 832-0585. Mahalo.
DAVID IGE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
CARTY CHANG
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
VIRGINIA PRESSLER, MD
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 
MARIA GALLO, PhD
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I
 
LEO ASUNCION
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM, OFFICE OF PLANNING
 
DAVID RODRIGUEZ
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 Your HISC Support Team:

Joshua Atwood, HISC Program Supervisor: 808.587.4154  or Joshua.P.Atwood@hawaii.gov

Randy Bartlett, HISC Interagency Coordinator: 808.870.6443 or Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov

Emily Montgomery, Planner: 808.587.4185 or Emily.C.Montgomery@hawaii.gov

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