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Coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

Side-by-side image: Left is closeup of a coffee berry borer adult, a brown, pill shaped beetle. Right is a cross-section of a coffee berry, the inside of which is infested by several small white larvae.

Coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) is considered the most devastating insect pest of coffee worldwide and was detected in Hawaii in 2010. The adult female (left) bores a hole into the coffee fruit (“berry”) and eventually into the seed (“bean”), where she digs tunnels to her lay eggs. The larvae feed on the endosperm (seed) tissue causing direct damage to the bean (right).

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