Philadelphia intercepts first in port leafhopper and multiple wood boring insect pestsChristian Fernsby ▼ | June 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that a Nephotettix nigropictus (Cicadellidae), commonly known as a green rice leafhopper, was the first ever discovery of this insect in the Delaware Valley.
Nephotettix Green rice leafhopper
Additionally, during May, CBP agriculture specialists discovered five wood borers, including:
- a live immature Cerambycidae larva on May 6 inside wood dunnage in a container of steel structures from Italy;
- a live immature Cerambycidae larva on May 13 inside wood dunnage in a container of steel from Switzerland;
- two live adult Cerambycidae insects on May 18 inside wood dunnage in a container of dunnage and steel from Brazil; and
- a live immature Siricidae larva on May 19 inside wood dunnage in a container of dunnage and steel from Turkey.
Cerambycidae are commonly known as longhorn beetles; Siricidae are commonly known as horntail or wood wasps. All are wood-boring actionable insect pests.
In each case, CBP agriculture specialists discovered holes in wood dunnage and used tools to cut and chisel out the insect pests. Wood dunnage is used in shipping containers to brace and stabilize commodities during transport. International conventions require that wood dunnage and packing materials are certified to be treated and pest free.
CBP submitted the specimens to a local USDA entomologist for identification, which determined an appropriate mitigation strategy. In each case, the importer destroyed the dunnage by incineration. ■