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Destructive beetle intercepted in pineapple shipment from Costa Rica to United States, according to new agency report

Monday, August 1, 2011


\ Officials at a Southern California port said they found a rare, destructive beetle in a shipment of pineapple from Costa Rica, according to The Associated Press.\ \ A statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that agriculture specialists at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex captured the live adult beetle.\ \ The only other time the insect — strongylaspis corticarius Ancita — has been intercepted in the U.S. was in Miami in 1999, the AP reported.\ \ Original source: Tico Times\ \ \ \