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U.S. inspectors find pests in shipment of Costa Rica pumpkins

Christian Fernsby |
CBP agriculture specialists intercepted a hitchhiker, the flower longhorn beetle, in a shipment of Costa Rica pumpkins.

Topics: U.S.    PEST    COSTA RICA    PUMPKINS   

During an inspection October 4, CBP agriculture specialists discovered seven larvae boring through wood packaging material protecting the pumpkins and submitted the specimens to the U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist.

The entomologist identified the larvae as belonging in the subfamily Lepturinae, or flower longhorn beetles.

The adult beetles are considered pollinators, but while in their larvae stage they bore beneath a tree’s bark, potentially damage healthy trees.

The importer chose to re-export the pumpkins and wood packaging material instead of destroying the shipment.


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