Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle or Oriental Flower Beetle? New Genetic Test Gives Faster Answer

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Just more than three years ago, the coconut rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) arrived in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. The invasive species is native to Southeast Asia and has not yet become widespread on Oahu, and insect scientists there are working to keep it that way, as the beetle is a damaging pest of […]

Judas Beetles: How Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles Are Betraying Each Other’s Secrets

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  By Josh Lancette It starts with the search for a mate. It ends with betrayal. And death. And a toppled crime empire. How? Someone is wearing a wire from the feds. Specifically, that someone is a coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros. Its empire? An army of its kind aiming to destroy palm trees in […]