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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January 5-16, 2015 Update
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.
- During this reporting period, 42 Survey Panel Traps were placed, and the program serviced 2,209 of 2,706 total panel traps. In addition, 86 of the 129 Barrel Trap were serviced.
- In this two week period, 59 adult and 54 larval CRB were detected.
- Approximately 231 people were contacted in outreach events during this reporting period.
- 1/6/15 – USDA PPQ is conducting a Canine Pilot Program for Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles (CRB) in Hawaii. USDA PPQ began a pilot program in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) Response program, to determine the viability of using dogs to detect CRB. Technicians from the National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) in Newnan, Georgia are initially training a dog to detect larvae provided by the CRB program.
- Ongoing reconciliation of trap numbers by the Data unit have caused an upward revision in the number of traps.
- Beetle Fact – Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros (Linnaeus, 1758) was among the species named by Carl Linnaeus in the tenth edition of Systema Naturae. This edition of Systema Naturae is regarded as the starting point of binomial nomenclature for animals; the system of naming species by genus and species.