The cane beetle, Dermolepida albohirtum, is a native Australian beetle and a pest of the sugar cane. Adult beetles eat the leaves of sugar cane but greater damage is the done by their larvae hatching underground and eating the roots, which either kills or stunts the growth of the plant.
Larvae, which are known as greyback cane grubs, are small white grubs.
Adult beetles are white with speckles of black and often smell like rotten pork.
The beetles can also found in the Philippines and a...