Painted grasshopper becomes first of its kind to reach UK
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 17:29
London: Airport officials at Stansted, about 56 km from here, have captured a painted grasshopper, the first among its species that reached Britain on a flight from India.

The colourful insect was found by inspectors from the Food and Environment Research Agency.

FERA's Sharon Reid who identified the insect, said that it was not unusual for inspectors to find stray insects in aeroplane holds, but this was the first alive and well-painted grasshopper they had ever seen.

"The species, which has a voracious appetite, is a pest in India and Pakistan where it damages food crops," Reid said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 17:29

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