New on Featured Creatures! The coconut rhinoceros beetle

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Oryctes rhinoceros (L.), the coconut rhinoceros beetle, is a pest species occurring throughout many tropical regions of the world. Adults can cause extensive damage to economically important wild and plantation palms.

 

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Figure 1. Palm damaged by Oryctes rhinoceros. Photograph by Mark Benavente.

Oryctes rhinoceros is one of the most damaging insects to palms in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Adults eat the leaves and burrow into the crown, stunting plant development (Giblin-Davis 2001).

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Figure 2. Female (left) and male (right) Oryctes rhinoceros. In this picture, the head of the female is up while the head of the male is down, displaying an exaggerated difference in horn length. Photograph by Mike Dornberg, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.

Available at: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/palms/Oryctes_rhinoceros.htm

Author: Mike Dornberg, Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services