A little-known insect never found in China has been intercepted by border inspectors in Luzhou Port, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
The destructive pest, known as Platypus perrisi, was discovered on wood packaging materials of chemical products shipped from Singapore.
SOUNDBITE: HUANG LEI, Luzhou Border Inspection and Quarantine Bureau
“We found very tiny pores on the wood packing materials of the cargo from Singapore. Then we took samples of the wood and conducted tests. Later we found more than a dozen wood-boring pests, including Platypus perrisi.”
The invasive wood-boring pest mainly lives in southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
The exotic insects can grow rapidly in native plant communities and cause permanent destruction to forests.