Battling the beetle: Officials propose release of wasp to fight coffee berry borer

The coffee berry borer is a small beetle native to Central Africa. (Courtesy state Department of Agriculture/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Damage from the coffee berry borer entering the cherry is visible on Kona coffee growing in Holualoa. Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today, file)

Phymastichus coffea parasitizing CBB in berry. (Photo courtesy of Cenicafe/from draft EA)

A coffee berry borer-infested coffee bean and cherry is shown in this undated file photo. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today, file)

A coffee berry borer is seen on a coffee bean. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Officials are proposing the release of a parasitoid wasp from Africa to assist in the fight against the invasive coffee berry borer.