Beetles Attack Aklan Coco Trees, Palm Plants

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Beetles Attack Aklan Coco Trees, Palm Plants


BORACAY, Aklan -- Destructive beetles have infested coconut trees and ornamental palm plants on Boracay Island and also the mainland of Aklan.

This developed as the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Bureau of Plant Industry's (BPI) Plant Quarantine Service (PQS) team collected specimen of larva and mature brontispa longissima attacking the trees.

To prevent the coconut hispine beetle from infesting more palms, an immediate treatment process within 0.5 kilometer radius from Stations 2 and 3 was set up.

The beetle feeds on young palm leaves, which then appear burned or scorched.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the pest may cause damage to mature coconut and ornamental palms, even the death of the young ones.

PCA Regional Manager Jose Cruz said he and his men have been doing spraying insecticides on young seedlings and injection or bore method is applied for tall palms.

Cruz said the larva and adult are destructive. Though the adult is not capable of long flights, it can live from 75 to 90 days.

The larva feeds throughout its growing period that lasts for 36 days. Both stay between unopened leaflets of young coconut spears and feed on the soft tissues but spare the hardier veins and mid-ribs. …

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