The Cochabamba sp. was found in Texas, which is rare and economically damaging. The species belongs to a family of leaf beetles and is known for damage to fruit crops around the world.
The Pharr cargo facility inspected a shipment of Mexican mangosteen and found an invader.
A pest that leaves a skeletonized leaf area and also eats plant and tree leaves. It is found in Central and South America, but is moving north, as shown by its migration patterns.
The beetles have never before been found in any of the ports of entry into the United States. The shipment has been sent back to Mexico.
Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry stated in a release that U.S. agriculture specialists help protect American agriculture and contribute to the nation’s economic security by denying entry to invasive species not known to exist in the U.S.
A kind of pest that is not common in the U.S. may pose a threat to the nation’s agriculture industry, according to a news release.