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
*CRB Response 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.
For more information, click on the links below:
March 30 - April 10, 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.
- Beetle Detections
- On Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-HI)
- Off Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-HI)
- No new delimiting survey barrel traps were placed and 161 trap services were conducted on 145 total barrel traps during this period.
- 4 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed and 2,729 trap services were conducted of 2,789 total panel traps during this period.
- 2 mulch sites off JBPH-HI were visually surveyed for CRB presence during this period out of 308 total mulch sites surveyed to date.
- 25 (4 off JBPH-HI) palms were detected with CRB damage during this period out of 57 detected to date.
- No dead or damaged palms were removed during this period.
- 2 reports out of 80 CRB-related calls to the 643-PEST hotline or the CRB Project direct line (832-0585) were confirmed positive for CRB.
- A total of 110 persons were provided outreach information and materials during this reporting period out of a total of 61,118 persons contacted since CRB was first detected on 12/23/13.
- See the HISC Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week Award Ceremony here.
- 2/20/15 – Then IC Rob Curtiss was interviewed by students from Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao Public Charter School about CRB here and here.
- Beetle Fact: Adult CRB mate several times in dead or dying plant material (Catley, 1969), including decaying palm trunks (Zelazny and Alfiler, 1987)