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Help USDA Stop Invaders that Could Devastate U.S. Crops and Forests
Posted by Greg Rosenthal, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, on April 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Big, creepy, and horned, the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) loves to feed on—and kill—coconut and other palms, banana plants, and more. This invasive species, detected in Hawaii in December 2013, makes the perfect poster child for USDA’s Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month—a child only its mother could love.
How did it get here? And how can we prevent the spread of damaging, invasive species like this unwanted, oversized beetle? These are great questions to consider as USDA kicks off Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Throughout April, we’re raising public awareness about the threat of invasive species and informing people how to prevent their spread—so we’ll face fewer surprises like the CRB.
We haven’t determined exactly how this beetle snuck into Hawaii, but we have some good ideas. [Read more]