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Brontispa longissima

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Chrysomelidae
Scientific name  Brontispa longissima
Rank  Species
Class  Insecta
Genus  Brontispa
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Beetle
Brontispa longissima Brontispe du cocotier Brontispa longissima Ben Caledonia Flickr
Similar  Beetle, Asiatic rhinoceros beetle, Tetrastichus, Oryctes, Chelisoches morio

Brontispa longissima community based pest management in philippines


Brontispa longissima (known as the coconut leaf beetle, the two-coloured coconut leaf beetle, or the coconut hispine beetle) is a leaf beetle that feeds on young leaves and damages seedlings and mature coconut palms. It has become an increasingly serious pest of coconuts throughout various growing regions in the Pacific, especially over the last 3 decades, including Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Nauru, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Maldives, Myanmar, Hainan Island, and Aru Islands, and most recently, the Philippines.

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On September 27, 2007, Philippines' Metro Manila and 26 provinces were quarantined due to having been infested with this pest (to save the $800-million Philippine coconut industry).

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Control measures include pesticides, and biological control agents such as parasitic wasps (e.g., Asecodes hispinarum).

There is a similar-looking pest species of leaf beetle in a related genus, Plesispa reichei, also sometimes referred to as the "coconut leaf beetle", which is distinguished only with some difficulty from B. longissima; primarily by its slightly broader body and stronger punctation.

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References

Brontispa longissima Wikipedia


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