Rare bug found at Port of Houston

Insect found among shipment

Published On: Jan 11 2013 05:43:30 PM CST
Stictopleurus abutilon, Rossi
HOUSTON -

A rare British bug has been found in part of the Port of Houston.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialist discovered the insect among a shipment of tiles imported from Italy arriving to Bayport terminal.

The species called Stictopleurus abutilon, Rossi, is a scentless plant bug, animal experts said.

"CBP agriculture specialists are actively searching for harmful pests and plant diseases that could harm our agriculture industry," said Houston's Acting Director of Field Operations Lynn Fallik. "Interceptions such as this are important to protecting our plants, crops, and other agricultural resources."

The bug was found Dec. 14, and sent to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Inspection Station.

The insect had never been seen in the United States.