U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry discovered a rare beetle, a first in nation discovery, in a shipment of Persian limes.
On July 9, agriculture specialists at the Pharr Import Lot conducted an inspection on a commercial shipment of Persian limes. During the inspection agriculture specialists discovered a live pest. The insect was submitted for identification by a U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist. The initial identification was later confirmed by a national specialist as Chrysobothris capitata (Buprestidae). The interception is the first of its kind in the nation according to USDA’s Pest ID Database. According to USDA entomologists, this pest has never been found at any of the nation’s ports of entry. CBP refused entry to the shipment and the limes were returned to Mexico.