Asian moth eggs found at NZ port
A quarantine inspector found the eggs on the car's wheel, Ministry of Primary Industries manager Stu Rawnsley said. Rawnsley said border staff at the port had been on high alert for Asian gypsy moth eggs following reports from Japan that this year's moth season was likely to be "heavy".
"We have also had reports from Canadian and United States authorities that the number of egg masses on vessels arriving in their ports from Asia is increasing." Asian gypsy moths are considered to be one of the most serious forest insect pests in the world. They have caused widespread damage and severe economic impacts in the northern hemisphere.
In March 2003 a live adult gypsy moth was caught in an early warning trap in Hamilton. The find resulted in a large scale response by the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. No more moths have been caught since then. Source: Stuff
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