Asiatic rhinoceros beetle
|Asiatic rhinoceros beetle|
Scarabaeus rhinoceros Linnaeus, 1758
The Asiatic rhinoceros beetle or coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a species of rhinoceros beetle belonging to the Scarabaeidae family. O. rhinoceros attacks the developing fronds of Raffia, coconut, oil, and other palms in tropical Asia and a number of Pacific islands. Damaged fronds show typical triangular cuts. The beetle kills the palms (particularly newly planted ones) when the growing point is destroyed during feeding. The larvae do not damage crops, but instead grow in dead, decaying trunks and other organic matter.
The beetle is an invasive species in Hawaii, where it was found on December 23, 2013. It is believed to have been brought there in air cargo.
- Lars Wallin (February 14, 2001). "Catalogue of type specimens. 4. Linnaean specimens" (PDF). Uppsala University. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- Oryctes rhinoceros (insect)
- Oryctes rhinoceros
- Lin, Sara (24 January 2015). "Hawaii hopes to fend off invasion by coconut rhinoceros beetle". LA Times. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
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