Another destructive beetle found in west Oahu

Published: Jul. 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Another destructive beetle has been found in west Oahu.

The state Department of Agriculture says a coconut rhinoceros beetle was found Monday at Campbell Industrial Park, the furthest west on the island the pest has been detected.

A two-mile buffer zone has been created in the industrial area.

A beetle was found in a trap in May at Barbers Point.

The beetle was first detected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in December. The majority of other beetles found have been within a two-mile zone around the base's golf course.

Officials have been working to trap the beetles, which can destroy coconut trees and other palm plants. More than 500 adult beetles have been found.

It's not known how the beetles arrived. Invasive species threaten Hawaii's ecosystem.

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