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$15K in pineapples from Costa Rica destroyed; butterfly larvae was found in crate with fruit

3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, October 05 2021 Oct 5, 2021 October 05, 2021 2:49 PM October 05, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ
The Saunders 1850

GULFPORT - A $15,000 shipment of pineapples had to be destroyed after a butterfly larvae was found with the fruit.

U.S. Customs said the butterfly, known as the Saunders 1850, was in a container of pineapples coming from Costa Rica. There are no other known Saunders 1850 butterflies in the nation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected the larvae and said the butterfly's normal habitat is in the Amazonian tropical rainforest.

“These butterflies, while they may be attractive to the eye, have no place in the Gulf Coast or our United States, and their introduction could lead to unpredictable results in our ecosystem,” Anthony Acrey, Area Port Director of Mobile, said.

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