By Braddah Lance
Aftah a WWD! Hui Kwonic posted a link (Mahalos tksv) regarding the previous blog asking wat kine of animal/insect I encountered, I went and contacted "Report A Pest" via da website form and got this automated response:
Thank you for submitting your pest report.
This pest report will be processed in the next 7-14 days. More information may be needed to verify this report; you may be contacted if you provided contact information.
You will receive an email notification when your report has been assessed. If your report is verified, it will be handed over to the agency responsible for dealing with this particular pest.
If you are reporting a snake, please immediately contact the police at 911 or the Hawaii Department of Agriculture 808-643-PEST.
Hawaii Early Detection Network
Da first thing dat caught my attention was dat da pest report would be processed in 7-14 DAYS!
Wassup Wit Dat!
I thought it uniquely weird in dat a department so intent on trying to stop invasive species/insects would take dat long to investigate or inquire further about a report of a possible encounter. Albeit I'm surah they don't have many in da department to begin with to investigate incident reports dat quickly but wouldn't an encounter "disappear" well before 7 if not by 14 days aftah da encounter? But then again, I am not an expert nor do I know how it works but just thought it was kinda weird dat it would take so long.
So being da pain-in-da-okole dat I am not wanting anoddah invasive species to infect our aina, I went ahead and emailed watevah email I could find from da website and I got two responses within two days and I cannot confirm if it came from da original website inquiry or da separate email dat I sent as da email identification did not correspond to who I sent it out to but regardless, below is da following two emails which I am very impressed to say was answered in fine detail and quashed any worries dat it was da rhinoceros beetle. Plus, it was answered so quickly dat it was actually pretty cool dat it wasn't brushed off or just given a generic response in addition to it being cc'd to multiple people as well to keep them in da loop.
Thank you for your email regarding the CRB. Larval stages of both oriental flower beetle and coconut rhinoceros look familiar, but rhino larvae try to crawl on their sides, and oriental beetle larvae wiggle on their backs, so the larvae you saw was probably the oriental flower beetle. Thank you for your effort and time in helping us eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle.
Beverly L. Akiona
Operations Deputy Chief
Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
1849 Auiki Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
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What you discovered is the grub stage of the oriental beetle. The quality of your photo and video was of excellent quality that it was easy to Identify it.
The oriental flower beetle is established in Hawaii and has been here since the early 2000's.
Please feel free to contact us if you come across any strange beetles or grubs. We are looking for the coconut rhinoceros beetle.
Wil Leon Guerrero
Plant Quarantine Inspector
On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM, wrote:
I am tardy in reporting as I didn't know/realize what it was but I believe I encountered a rhinoceros beetle larva... crawling in the middle of the road. Yes, crawling in the middle of the road. It was directly in front of the driveway in Pearl City at #### xxxxxxx St (yellow corner house). It was crawling on its back which I thought was strange and blogged about it at www.http://wassupwitdat.staradvertiserblogs.com/2014/08/18/huh-2. I have photos and video up on it asking my readers what it was.
One of my readers posted a response saying it could possibly be the rhinoceros beetle of which I immediately Googled the larva and with the exception of the legs not fully developed, the head, size, color etc all seemed to match. I'm hoping it isn't and it's just some sort of gnarly butterfly but my apologies for the tardy notice as I did not know what it was. Unfortunately had I known what it was I would have went back home and gotten a container and scooped it up. Sorry. I hope you're able to locate it.
Mahalos to da WWD! Hui for jumping in and helping solve our very first "mystery"!