by Julie Peterson, UK Entomology Graduate Student
Here's an article from the Louisville Courier Journal about customs agents intercepting a larval Khapra beetle from oats on a UPS shipment:
"Harmful Beetle Found in UPS Package"
Just another way that invasive pests can travel worldwide! The Khapra beetle is a serious pest of stored grains, so its introduction in the US could be very harmful. Here's a link to more information on this beetle:
We should say thanks to all the customs, USDA, and other regulatory agents who search imported products to catch tiny little invasives like this guy!