Homeland Security Nabs Dangerous Afghan Stowaway

... a type of moth especially destructive to crops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2012 5:12 PM CDT
File photo of a noctuid moth from Wikimedia Commons.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Homeland security officials in Philadelphia say they've intercepted a destructive insect species that hitched a ride to the US aboard a military plane. Agriculture specialists with Customs and Border Protection found noctuid moths among equipment returning from Afghanistan. These particular moths are severe pests that feast on fruit and vegetable crops.

They were found May 24 aboard a plane that landed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The cargo was quarantined, and the plane decontaminated. Homeland Security officials say it's the first documented interception in the area and fourth national interception of this insect. (Read more Homeland Security stories.)

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