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Rhino beetles discovered in potted soil

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - With reports of  rhino beetle popping up throughout Guam, here's an interesting one.

Tiyan resident Johnny Taitano says he  recently discovered 40 rhino beetle larvae in potting soil he purchased at Big Navy. "I found them when I was cleaning out the bags I noticed them on one bag and I had five to go so I said let me open them all up and see what exactly I got because if this a notification to me that this is coming from another place or that it happened here," he said.

Although it is not certain if exposure was made while at Taitano's residence out of the five bags he purchased Taitano says two contained  rhino beetles.

Since the discovery he's spoken with coconut rhinoceros beetle team leader from UOG Roland Quitugua who says  they are currently working to see if placing a fungus in the exposed potting soil will attract the beetle.

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