Newspaper Article: Many Cocoanuts were Condemned

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Newspaper Article: Many Cocoanuts were Condemned

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Describes return journey of Lavinia and how its cargo of coconuts was infested with "Lepidopterous larvae", and so the whole lot had to be burned. Also includes reference to a Coconut Crab brought back, that had to be killed by fumigation, but was donated to the Bishop Museum.

Source

Newspapers.com

Publisher

Honolulu Advertiser

Date

January 12, 1905

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Public Domain

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Newspaper

Language

English

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Alexander Craw, Superintendent of Entomology of the Board of Agriculture, made the following report on the cargo of cocoanuts recently brought here on the Lavinia by Capt. Weisbarth:

A local schooner, "Lavinia," brought a cargo of cocoanuts from Palmyra Islands; over fourteen hundred consisted of sprouted plants and were brought as nursery stock. -Upon inspection we found them infested with Lepidopterous larvae, differing from the coaconut palm worm" (Omiodes blackburni) found here damaging such trees. The leaves were also infested with a microscopic, light colored mite , that was feeding upon the chlorophyll, giving the leaves a blotched appearance. All such (1,415) were destroyed' by burning and the vessel fumigated with hydrocyanic acid gas.

A monster cocoanut crab (Birgusl latro) was also imported on the same vessel. As it is a destructive animal, and coming under rule 11 of your regulations, prohibiting its landing, it was killed by fumigation and afterward photographed and a copy is on exhibition in this office.

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“Newspaper Article: Many Cocoanuts were Condemned,” Palmyra Archive, accessed April 23, 2017, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/100.

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