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At the state fair In Kansas, the young boy correctly identified the insect he had sent from his bug collection and proudly won the blue ribbon.
Then sample The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspectorate announced and activated the federal investigation.
Identified by name the spotted lantern, the insect, turned out to be part of a highly invasive species that had not previously been observed in the country except for the destruction it had caused in southeastern India in recent years.
Although equipped on the wings, the spotted lantern cannot fly very far. However, they have a reputation as “stoppers” and people are often encouraged to check their cargo before transport to make sure they are not inadvertently giving these insects a free ride.
These insects are not considered merely pests because they feed trees and fruits before waste is excreted, leading to fungal growth. This then causes irreversible damage to agriculture as it inhibits plants from photosynthesis.
If they continue Spread, a spotted lantern can seriously destroy the grape, orchard and logging industries.
So, suddenly the appearance of about 850 miles from the nearest infection in the country sounded the alarm.
By the Washington Post, the boy had collected, placed and marked defects throughout the year.
When he found out This died at his home in Thomas County, Kansas, in May, he just took it and treated it like everyone else.
Explained by Erin Otto, director of national policy for animal and plant health inspection, the sample was “worn and dried” by the time the boy found it. Since adult lanterns are known to start rising in July, it suggests that this died last year.
Presence one sample does not indicate infection, Otto said. However, the county still needs to keep an eye on more and “act quickly” to destroy them.
Wade Weber, The state director of the Kansas 4H program and trade show described the event as a good, albeit rather extreme, example of the goals of the trade show and its exhibitions: sharing information with others.
“It simply came to our notice then about a child who got to know their world, introduced it and introduced it, and surely they found something that adults were: “Wow, this is really important for us to be aware of,” Weber said. Washington Post. “He has warned us of a threat we did not know, and we are truly grateful.”
And if you if you find one, you don’t have to be diplomatic. “Kill it! Squash it, crush it … just get rid of it,” Pennsylvania authorities said plead.