Painted grasshopper becomes first of its kind to reach UK

Airport officials at Stansted, about 56km from here, have captured a painted grasshopper, first among its species that reached UK on a flight from India.

Updated: Oct 24, 2009, 17:29 PM IST

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