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Rare Insect Arrives in Florida — Uninvited, Unwanted

August 31, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Pets,Security

A slim, brown, antenna-ed insect decided to hop a ride from his (or her) home in South Africa to Miami International last week – where it was discovered by customs officials in a shipment of cut flowers.

Click here to see a photo – an acquaintance from the Midwest told me, “It looks just like a lightning bug” – well, sort of.

It is actually an Uttaris pallidipennis Stal which, as we all know, is a member of the Hemiptera species. Here’s what we don’t know – its favorite food. And that could be a problem.

The good news, according to the Miami Herald is, South Africans do not classify this thing as a pest. But what if South Africans have a greater tolerance for creepy bugs than we do? Authorities, meanwhile, have remanded the Uttaris to custody. No bail has been set.

One Response to “Rare Insect Arrives in Florida — Uninvited, Unwanted”

  1. Great blog. Thanks for the interesting article. I will send this story to my friends.

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