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
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