KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle has been found in a new spot on Oahu.
On December 4th, a lone female beetle was captured in a trap at Kakaako Waterfront Park, and caused an existing buffer zone to be expanded by a mile and a half.
The invasive beetle was previously found in Mililani earlier this year and also near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in December of last year.
The area where the beetles have been found now spans from Diamond Head to Iriquois Point.
The beetles are incredibly harmful to palm trees and kill them by eating through their crowns.