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Invasive beetle found on Kauai is a first on a Neighbor Island

Posted on AllSides June 7th, 2023
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Two coconut rhinoceros beetles have been found on Kauai, the first such discovery of the invasive insect on a Neighbor Island, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday. A survey crew from the Kauai Invasive Species Committee found a live beetle on May 31 in one of the traps near the green waste transfer station close to the Lihue Airport. On Friday, survey crews found a dead beetle in another trap nearby. The beetle was first detected on Oahu in 2013, and surveillance has been ongoing on all Neighbor Islands...

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