Thursday, February 24, 2005

Going Coconuts

China View is reporting that most of Hainan Province, an island in southern China, has been invaded by a species of coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima) native to Indonesia. First found in 2002, the leaf beetle attacks the foliage of many different palm species, but apparently has a preference for the coconut palm, one of the chief species on the island. Officials are concerned that they could be in danger of losing every palm in the province.

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