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Rhinoceros beetle

Scientific Name Of The Pest

Common Name Of The Pest

Oryctes rhinoceros

Host Crops:

Coconut,Date palm, Oil palm, Arecanut


Pest Identification:

  • Adults are nocturnal, remain hidden during day time in feeding / breeding sites. 

  • Adult Rhinoceros beetles are large black beetles with a distinctive horn and with delicate red-orange hairs on their underside.

  • Males and females vary in body size (up to 40 mm) and the female horn tends to be shorter.

  • The horns can also vary in size among individual beetles depending on larval growing environments.

  • Males and females can also be distinguished by the underside of their body Males have a smooth, polished tip of the abdomen.

  • Females have a clump of rigid red hairs at the tip of the abdomen.

  • CRB males do not live as long as females.

  • Adult males live for approximately 5 months.

  • Females live for around 9 months. The female will mate with several males and will produce 3-4 clutches of 30-50 eggs. 



  • Adult beetle bores through unopened spindle leaves and spathes

  • Collar regions of young seedlings are bored by the beetle 

  • The pest on an average causes 10% loss in production of nuts 

  • The beetles damage palms by boring into the centre of the crown, injuring the young growing tissues and feed on the exuded sap.

  • As they bore into the crown, they cut through the developing leaves. When the leaves grow out and unfold, the damage appears as V-shaped cuts in the fronds or holes through the midrib.

Control Measures:

  • APS nanomatrix technology to monitor and control of Rhinoceros beetles is very effective over existing commercial lures as it has extended field efficacy with a lower load of pheromone. 

  • This technology is developed jointly by Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre of Advanced Scientific Research .

  • Trapping of Rhinoceros beetles using APS RB-Lure(aggregation pheromone lures) in food baited (such as dates or sugarcane) APS Bucket trap forms an important component of management strategy. 

  • APS Bucket trap with APS RHINO-Lure@ 1-2 per hectar

​Pheromone Lure Details

  • Dispenser : Wooden Block/Vial

  • Material : Wooden block/centrifuge tube

  • Packaging : Individually Sachet Packed

  • Sachet Material : Foil Lined Laminate

  • Field Life Of Pheromone lure : 120 days

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  • Cost effective

  • Easy & Simple to install

  • Non-toxic and safe for environment

  • Does not harm beneficial insects

  • Scientific & Safe

  • Confirms organic input standards

  • Pheromones are species specific and attract only target pest

  • Can be used all season long

  • Withstands sunlight & rain

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