Destructive crop pest found in shipment at the port

CAMDEN, N. J. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a destructive agricultural pest was found in a shipment at the Port of Philadelphia.

Federal authorities say that the presence of the Mediterranean fruit fly, also known as MedFly, was discovered during a Dec. 14 inspection of 105,000 crates of clementines in the port in Camden, New Jersey. The shipment came from Morocco.

Agricultural specialists discovered a live MedFly larvae in the shipment, among the many killing of others. The shipment was on the way to the markets in the US

The female MedFly attacks ripening fruit by piercing the skin and laying eggs in the cavity. The eggs into larvae that feast on the inside of the fruit and make it inedible.

A MedFly infestation a few years ago caused billions of dollars damage to crops in California.

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