One of World’s Most Invasive Bugs Stopped at Toronto Airport

The khapra beetle

Image Credit: USDA

U.S. border agents discovered one of the world’s most invasive insects hiding in a bag of dried beans in a checked bag at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The khapra beetle, native to India, is particularly adept at attacking dried stored goods like wheat, barley, rice, and even chocolate. The bug was first detected in the U.S. in California in 1953, when it cost $15 million to eradicate. The bag was en route to Atlanta when it was intercepted.

Read more at The Toronto Star.