Rhinoceros Beetles: Devastating to coconut

They are called rhino beetles because they have a horn on their heads that looks like a rhino horn!

Rhinoceros Beetles are among the largest of beetles in the world. The Rhinoceros Beetle is aptly named because it has horns on its head, very much like the rhinoceros does.

All rhinoceros beetles are herbivorous. The adults feed on fruit, nectar, and sap. The larvae eat decaying plant matter.

Rhinoceros beetle is mainly a pest of coconut and oil palms. The beetle’s damage palms by boring into the center of the crown, injuring the young growing tissues and feed on the released sap. As they bore into the crown, they cut through the developing leaves.  The damage can significantly reduce coconut production and kill the tree. The beetle is also known to feed on economically important commercial crops such as bananas, sugarcane, papayas, sisal, pineapples, and date palms. Unfortunately, when one beetle finds a tasty tree, it calls in its friends for a mass attack!

Detection can be difficult due to the beetle’s nocturnal activity and residence within trees. Visual signs such as holes bored at the base of leaves and V-shaped feeding damage help locate this beetle. 

Damage from rhinoceros beetle worse than expected in Solomons

25th January 2019 

Damage to coconut palms in the Solomon Islands from the coconut rhinoceros beetle is much worse than earlier estimated, according to scientists.


Solomon Islands coconut palms killed by coconut rhinoceros beetle invasion. Nov 2018 Photo: AgResearch

Having spread from its initial invasion site in Honiara, a new variant of the beetle is threatening copra and palm oil production and livelihoods of villagers who depend on coconuts.

New Zealand research institute AgResearch Dr Trevor Jackson has been assisting Solomon Islanders respond to the problem.

He said it was much worse than we anticipated when the pest was first noticed in the Pacific around 10 years ago.

“We’ve seen areas where virtually all of the palms in an area have been destroyed by the beetle. So this has caused a total collapse in coconut production in those areas.”

Coconut rhino beetle eradication efforts focused on Pearl City area

By Nina Wu │March 29, 2019


COURTESY STATE DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE

The battle against the invasive coconut rhinoceros beetle, which destroys palms, remains focused on the Pearl City area of Oahu, according to state agriculture officials.

In the past four weeks, officials have caught 146 beetles in the Pearl City and Iroquois Point area, according to biological control section chief Darcy Oishi. This is roughly equivalent to the number captured the same time a year ago.

“In the last few months, we’ve been having particularly high beetle counts,” he said. “Some of our partners have engaged in green waste management, stepped up surveillance activities, with new information, and are more effective at finding things.

Preventive measures include the use of pesticides, naphthalene balls, etc. to repel the beetles. Oil cakes of neem and marotti (Hydnocarpus wightiana) have also provided good results.

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The pink bollworm menace

The pink bollworm is an insect known for being a pest in cotton farming.

The pink bollworm is native to Asia but has become an invasive species in most of the world’s cotton-growing regions.

Pink bollworm larvae specifically target cotton and are difficult to control because this damaging stage is found inside the boll. The female moth lays eggs in a cotton boll, and when the larvae emerge from the eggs, they inflict damage through feeding. They chew through the cotton lint to feed on the seeds.

The National Cotton Council of the USA estimates that the pink bollworm costs American cotton producers more than US$32 million each year in control and yield losses.

News was reported that:

‘Pink bollworm is out of control in India’

KV Kurmanath, Hyderabad | March 13, 2019 

That pink bollworm has developed resistance to Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab (or Bollgard-II) — the two biotech solutions currently available in India to tackle pink bollworm — is no news.

Virulent attack of the pest is destroying the fibre crop on lakhs of acres across the country, particularly in the West, Central and Southern parts.

An American pink bollworm expert says that it is impossible to tackle the menace with the current two Bt toxins being used in the country. “It has gone out of control. It’s too late. Too little,” he points out when asked about the likely control mechanisms.

“The two genes that are being used in India are now ineffective. The resistance is widespread. There is no way we can set the clock back if we use these two Bt toxins,” Bruce Tabashnik, Head of Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona, who studies pest resistance and has done extensive study on pink bollworm and its resistance to Bt toxins, told BusinessLine.

Pink bollworm may hit cotton output in Maharashtra, Telangana

According to the agriculture departments, the cotton crop that was sown before June 15 has been infested with pink bollworm above the economic threshold levels.

By Jayashree Bhosale

Pune: Cotton farmers of Maharashtra and Telangana face potentially huge losses as the respective agricultural departments have observed growing incidence of pink bollworm infestation in parts of the two states.

Along with the deficient rainfall, the pest has triggered concern among farmers, even as futures and spot prices of ginned cotton continue to rule firm. 

Pink bollworm resistance towards the insecticides is a major issue of concern. Preventative treatment that might be applied during the pre-bloom period is discouraged because this can destroy many beneficial forms that keep bollworms and other pests under control. What can be done to get rid of the bollworms?

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The voracious fall armyworm

Fall Armyworm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop species, causing damage to economically important cultivated cereals such as maize, rice, sorghum, and to legumes as well as vegetable crops and cotton.

It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas and a high infestation can lead to significant yield loss.

The voracious, inch-long fall armyworm, the larval form of the armyworm moth, can breed rapidly, spread great distances and is hugely difficult to eradicate.

The adult moth can move over 100 km per night, this is a precise reason why the infestation has spread across within a short span of time.

The larva is the damaging stage of the insect.

In recent years the armyworm has ruined agricultural produce across Africa and the Americas, where it originated and has now begun to march across Asia and wipe out the crops.

In some parts of Africa, up to 70% of crops were destroyed by the armyworm, causing as much as $6 billion in damage across the continent.

Fall armyworm attack caused Rs 20cr crop loss in Mizoram

PTI Aizawl | May 07, 2019


Fall Armyworm, a deadly and invasive pest | File Photo

The outbreak of Fall armyworm has affected maize cultivation in 122 villages.

Mizoram government has informed the Centre about an estimated crop loss of Rs 20 crore caused by an outbreak of the ‘Fall armyworm’ (FAW) in the state, a minister said on Tuesday.

The outbreak caused by Spodoptera Frugiperda, an insect, has affected maize cultivation in 1,747.9 hectares in 122 villages, state Agriculture minister C Lalrinsanga said.

The state government has constituted a Rapid Response Team to monitor the outbreak and take measures to mitigate the loss of crops, he said.

Meanwhile, state Agriculture Department Director Rohmingthanga Colney said that chemical pesticides and organic ones were being used to kill the worm in maize fields.

Asia on alert as highly destructive fall armyworm spreads

21/03/19

By: Trudy Harris


[BANGKOK] Farmers and authorities throughout Asia need to be vigilant against fall armyworm invasions, after confirmation that the fast-moving pest has spread from India to China and now to South-East Asia, agricultural experts say.  

The highly destructive moth (Spodoptera frugiperda), native to North and South America, has been steadily moving east since 2016, causing up to US$3 billion worth of damage to maize and other crops in Africa, according to reports. The pest reached India in July last year before hitting Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

“During the last 6—7 months, fall armyworm has spread from India to China, and will continue to spread in China. It has reached Myanmar and Thailand and it will also spread to Vietnam sooner or later,” says Hans Dreyer from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The worm is causing havoc across the fields in the Asian countries and has already wiped out the production in American and African continent.

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Bedbugs at schools

Bed bugs are known to show up in public places, as well as homes. Libraries, offices, hospitals, and public transportation are just a few of the sites that can be plagued by bed bugs. Unfortunately, schools are no exception.

As more and more homes are infested with bed bugs, the bugs may be carried by students or staff into schools. The issue of bed bugs in a school can be emotional and generate anxiety in parents, students, and school staff.

While bedbugs thrive in darkness and need still surroundings, which is not the case in school. But they can get into the school through staff or students belongings.

There are many species of bed bugs, and they all feed on blood. Presence of bedbugs in areas of schools can be extremely disturbing and severe. The bedbugs can spread through children’s belongings and cause a serious epidemic.

Philadelphia charter school closed Thursday due to bed bugs, officials say

April 12, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Some students in Philadelphia have the day off on Thursday due to the presence of bed bugs. 

School officials at Southwest Leadership Academy sent letters home to parents saying the school will need to be closed for 24 hours to get rid of bed bugs.

The bed bugs were found in classrooms.

The letter encourages parents to contact the health department if bed bugs are discovered inside their home.

Bedbugs sighted at Clay High School

By: Shannon Nolan │ March 1, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—South Bend Community School Corporation said Friday that there have been recent bedbug sightings at Clay High School.

School officials said the building will be treated over the weekend to keep the bedbugs from spreading throughout the school.

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