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A Real Alien Invasion Is Coming to a Palm Tree Near You | Deep Look

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Support Deep Look on Patreon!! https://www.patreon.com/deeplook The South American palm weevil is bursting onto the scene in California. Its arrival could put one of the state’s most cherished botanical icons at risk of oblivion. DEEP LOOK is a ultra-HD (4K) short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios. See the unseen at the very edge of our visible world. Get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. * NEW VIDEOS EVERY OTHER TUESDAY! * Summer means vacation time, and nothing says, “Welcome to paradise!” quite like a palm tree. Though it’s home to only one native species, California has nonetheless adopted the palm as a quintessential icon. But a new snake in California’s palm tree-lined garden may soon put all that to the test. Dozens of palms in San Diego’s Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, about 10 miles from the Mexican border, are looking more like sad, upside-down umbrellas than the usual bursts of botanical joy. The offender is the South American palm weevil, a recent arrival to the U.S. that’s long been widespread in the tropics. Large, black, shiny, and possessed of an impressive proboscis (nose), the weevil prefers the king of palms, the Canary Island date palm, also known as the “pineapple palm” for the distinctive way it’s typically pruned. A palm tree is basically a gigantic cake-pop, an enormous ball of veggie goodness on a stick. The adult female palm weevil uses her long snout to drill tunnels into that goodness—known to science as the “apical meristem” and to your grocer as the “heart” of the palm—where she lays her eggs. When her larvae hatch, their food is all around them. And they start to eat. If the South American palm weevil consolidates its foothold in California, then the worst might still be to come. While these weevils generally stick to the Canary Island palms, they can harbor a parasitic worm that causes red-ring disease—a fatal infection that can strike almost any palm, including the state’s precious native, the California fan. --- Where do South American Palm Weevils come from? Originally, Brazil and Argentina. They’ve become common wherever there are Canary Island Palm trees, however, which includes Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East. --- How do they kill palm trees? Their larvae eat the apical meristem, which is the sweet part of the plant sometimes harvested and sold commercially as the “heart of palm.” --- How do you get rid of them? If the palm weevils infest a tree, it’s very hard to save it, since they live on the inside, where they escape both detection and pesticides. Neighboring palm trees can be sprayed for protection. ---+ Read the entire article on KQED Science: https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2017/06/20/a-real-alien-invasion-is-coming-to-a-palm-tree-near-you ---+ For more information: Visit the UC Riverside Center for invasive Species Research: http://cisr.ucr.edu/invasive_species.html ---+ More Great Deep Look episodes: Decorator Crabs Make High Fashion at Low Tide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwQcv7TyX04 Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Snail Sex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOcLaI44TXA ---+ See some great videos and documentaries from the PBS Digital Studios! Gross Science: Meet The Frog That Barfs Up Its Babies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xfX_NTrFRM Brain Craft: Mutant Menu: If you could, would you design your DNA? And should you be able to? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrDM6Ic2xMM ---+ Follow KQED Science: KQED Science: http://www.kqed.org/science Tumblr: http://kqedscience.tumblr.com Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/kqedscience ---+ About KQED KQED, an NPR and PBS affiliate in San Francisco, CA, serves Northern California and beyond with a public-supported alternative to commercial TV, Radio and web media. Funding for Deep Look is provided in part by PBS Digital Studios and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deep Look is a project of KQED Science, which is also supported by HopeLab, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, the Vadasz Family Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation and the members of KQED. #deeplook #palmweevil
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Deep Look (1 year ago)
Greetings! I'm the producer of this episode of Deep Look. I wish we could have brought it to you in smell-o-vision. The stink of the infested tree filled a whole city block, and got all over my shirt. Leave us your questions and comments! And visit Anna at Gross Science, too. —Elliott
Alterss Bot (1 month ago)
You just need worm eaters in hollywood...those bugs wont stand a chance
Luna Games (1 month ago)
Hey look it them again saying how it made them feel.
Kyle Razalan (2 months ago)
Deep Look Are these aliens why lumberjacks are making trees extinct?
Jennifer LePage (3 hours ago)
Eat them.
Md Razib Ahmed (5 hours ago)
Kathrine Jackson (1 day ago)
Kill me 😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰
Stephen Clark (2 days ago)
All the bugs in this video are all over Bakersfield
bibagi jensin (2 days ago)
Eating larvY????? disgusting!
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Faiithless1 (5 days ago)
Your camera is too good
AmieeTheMouse (7 days ago)
I live in Las Vegas 0.0 time to cut down my palm trees
jandnian the noob (7 days ago)
Palm xenormorph
jandnian the noob (7 days ago)
0:59 Why the music like in a horror film
Saria Anjum (7 days ago)
Also, these carry Bursaphelencus cocophilus, a nematode that is responsible for causing red ring disease.
cin can (8 days ago)
So delicious ..
cin can (8 days ago)
So delicious ..
John Doughboy (8 days ago)
That ending GOOD GOD.
galaxy boi (8 days ago)
2:03 that freak me out
Aids Mak (9 days ago)
Time to leave hawaii
Kevin (9 days ago)
Kinda like emerald ash borer
Erik Iacopelli (9 days ago)
But the beetle is NOT at fault, The humans are for bringing the tree over
Erik Iacopelli (9 days ago)
I know they are a pest and all but I like beetles ALOT!! N would LOVE to get my hands on a few to breed. No worries ANY beetles I breed I do NOT allow out of the beetle room. And even when they die I freeze them for a week before throwing them out just in case.
George Trusty (10 days ago)
Other places around the world that you either grill or fry those delicious little grubs up we should do the same
Tasha Marks (10 days ago)
That's nasty!!!!!!
Best Games (11 days ago)
Peter Christensen (11 days ago)
They can't kill all the palms, or their species will die. I understand that that's why the diseases that plague mankind don't wipe us out completely. Is that right?
Leo Liu (11 days ago)
cut off the head and rest of it are good to eat —Bear Grylls
Wolfreign Valenford (11 days ago)
"it was stolen from half around the world, we didnt actually pay for it ohohoho."
zoe gymnastics (12 days ago)
We eat palm weevils here in Thailand :) (I don’t eat them that would be disgusting)
Elijah Hua (12 days ago)
Ew he eats it eeeeew
Chang Li (13 days ago)
Yes we do eat them, we have one of those bug but the head is smaller and body is fatter, and they live in smaller palm trees only five feet at tallest. only one larva in each plant. It is one of the forage-able food in the forest. Some restaurants in the city sell them for $1 per Larva, they are fired, not eaten raw, they are kinda a delicacy actually.
Blitz NM (15 days ago)
That is just like a beetle larva
FunnyVids? Nah (17 days ago)
I live in the northeast, the nearest palm tree is in North Carolina.
In 2011! I am familiar with this from my childhood. M
Jose Navarro (17 days ago)
Say kid things please cuz I'm a kid!!
Judi Spackman (18 days ago)
Castiel Winchester (18 days ago)
It's time to buy a flame thrower
I’m thai and eating fried crickets is pretty good
Zes (19 days ago)
no such thing as majx or not, big can be infeirox
Shannon (20 days ago)
I wish I could get my hands on those larvae,.... I have had those when I was a child....but its so hard to get them now...as if like they are just vanishing. I kid you not when I tell you....these bugs are pretty delicious...
自由吗 (20 days ago)
Looks like bamboo Beatle.
Johnny On The Spot (22 days ago)
i dont even know how this came up , r u gonna be mad if i dont subsribe? that last seconds was disgusting
Tav Yisrael (22 days ago)
Why am I here??
mr.stuffo (23 days ago)
That animation looks like the animation from gross science
Liam Zhean Berinio (24 days ago)
youwuli (25 days ago)
Look delicious
sunnyoishi (26 days ago)
Oh tell Kendrick lamar that. He sat in a palm tree in his music video, kings dead.
sunnyoishi (26 days ago)
João Branco (27 days ago)
In Portugal we have been having the exact same problem ... the only diference is that the weevils are orange and not black ... The good thing though is that we’re way closer to Canary Islands to export them again ...
Kenneth Mensis (27 days ago)
Are they asexual animals
Alfons Elric Gudgad (27 days ago)
I know how to put pesticides on every tree get a plane that pours water the plane that is used to extinguish (sry maybe wrong spelling) fire but do not put water put pesticides and boom done just pour it at some parts of the world and boom done
Vikram Verma (28 days ago)
they are alien for us and we are for them
hot center (28 days ago)
At Thailand is food.
Funny, the trees are children, the beetles are LGBT propaganda, and the decay is the gradual descending into progressive madness.
Nieko N Julianus (29 days ago)
Well when the larvie still white you can eat it tho, just like Bear Grylls 🤣
Rana HeartyGirl (29 days ago)
2:23 and thats how palm tree beetles are born! Eh... welp..
LDPixelKitty girl (30 days ago)
Good thing I don't have a palm tree next to my house
Ardhi Adhary Arbain (30 days ago)
Tbh that cute baby beetle is still nothing compared to bot flies larvae infested under human skin.
kimi raikkonen (30 days ago)
jay Tarantula (30 days ago)
Those would make some good tarantula food.
Chest burster
chunkycake101 (1 month ago)
A big thanks to the narrator and the music for making this video borderline unwatchable
Valen Lim (1 month ago)
Coconut worm
Resident Gamer (1 month ago)
I dont think that guy liked eating that
xXpapyrusXx soul (1 month ago)
If that true were all die now
xXpapyrusXx soul (1 month ago)
Is not alien
the guy on the end was like *NOM*
Ian Hall (1 month ago)
beetles are cool =P
Boris Teunga Online (1 month ago)
Awoh poor guys beetles!! RIP in the mouth of that man
Ros Sokpiseth (1 month ago)
that a coconut worm
Elly Hellie (1 month ago)
Those...bugs puppa...went extinct in Borneo..hahahahah,coz we eat..them
Дмитро Віюк (1 month ago)
The nearest palm tree is about 1000 km away from me so I don't care
PieSauruS (1 month ago)
wow it's like a cardio machine for things with wings
Pedro Rojas (1 month ago)
Thats what i call organic protein!!
Rodolfo sauer (1 month ago)
Palm heart, in Brasil we call It palmito.
Vo Ba Linh (1 month ago)
The larvaes are delicacy in Vietnam. I haven't eaten it, but it looks very appetising (unironic) when they wiggle in a fish sauce bowl.
Henry Gabriel (1 month ago)
I don’t live near a palm tree tho
Fang Box (1 month ago)
I honestly thought it was a facehugger...
abhishek Choudhary (1 month ago)
Thats why I hate Americans
Bucket Guy (1 month ago)
That not that bad xD that in vietnam is call đuông dừa and eat with nước mắm cay =))))) extremely good =_='
Kakeru kun (1 month ago)
new objective: destroy them.
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pacapig (1 month ago)
Dat is vry nsty
Raditya Oe (1 month ago)
1:07 epic silly music
Sans And Pap (1 month ago)
Thats not aliens!
Dook larue (1 month ago)
Aw thats gross 🤮
MarkJ Valles (1 month ago)
I know what ur thinking. "wide smiley face with a gibberish look"
theFrostyFroo Yt (1 month ago)
King shoter was here
RoachDoggJR /Raven (1 month ago)
Che Rosliza Che Mat (1 month ago)
2:00 i get a heart attack
lalybum (1 month ago)
The larvae is healthier than the palm core, so this thing is doing everyone a favor, and producing food at the same time.
let's be honest...I used to swing in one of those trees when I swing I want it to sway high and I hit the center of the tree😭😢
let's be honest...I used to swing in one of those trees when I swing I want it to sway high and I hit the center of the tree😭😢
Bronze Magnolia (1 month ago)
In samoa and Russia there good to eat there kinda full of protein even for people in parts of Siberian jungles
Yusuf Albanna (1 month ago)
2:25 look at the face.
시준형 (1 month ago)
Gooffy Yt (1 month ago)
Cool thing that in my country, there arent any palm trees =)
Alrev Dum-Dum (1 month ago)
Ulat sagu di bilang alien, sad in my country, it can be eaten
Khanh Tran (1 month ago)
it’s basically Cell from Dbz in real life
Ella Rue :3 (1 month ago)
3:03 I don’t know why but that bug fluting in circles on that thing makes me laugh
Jason Scott Lee (1 month ago)
The larvae are food! Full of protein! I would eat them fried along with some grasshoppers... I've heard some restaurants that serve exotic foods buy them larvae $50 bucks a pound .Its sort of like eating a land shrimp.
金魚ZeZeKingyo (1 month ago)
*That's an Alolan beetle*

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