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Kharpa Beetle Intercepted

Kharpa beetle larvae in the rice.

Invasive species are always entering our country daily, this find was by a US custom agent this past Wednesday, the agent found a very dangerous beetle in a shimpment of rice after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.


Not only did they find an adult khapra beetle, but also eight larvae and a shed skin. Nasty huh?

The khapra beetle, which is native to India and not currently established in the United States, is considered one of the most destructive pests of grain products and seeds.

The khapra beetle is able to survive for long periods of time without food and is resistant to insecticides and fumigants.

So you can only imagine what the beetle could do to our a farmer’s harvest if it became a native insect.

Some scientists believe it is one of the top 10 most dangerous pests not established here.