For the fifth time in the last few months, Khapra beetles (Trogoderma granarium) have been found stowing away in passengers bags at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The insect was found in packages of rice, dried beans, coriander seeds, and fava beans from Sudan and India. After cast skins and live larvae were discovered, the packages were destroyed. Khapra beetles are the only insect that require regulatory action when found dead or alive due to the destructive nature of the species which infests and destroys stored grains such as rice, wheat, and oats.
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