Coconut Rhino Beetles Threaten Guam Weavers' Material Supply

The island of Guam is experiencing an insect problem that could have a huge impact on its weaving business.

According to the Associated Press, an infestation of rhino beetles has resulted in negative consequences for coconut trees, which produce leaves that are often used in weaving. The beetles are damaging leaves to the point where they're unusable for weaving, leaving weavers with few resources for their craft. Weavers have resorted to importing fresh coconut leaves from neighboring islands.

Researchers have used the virus Oryctes nudivrus in the past to control invasive species, but the virus isn't as effective on this particular breed of beetle. Scientists are working to find a more effective agent to control the population.


 

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