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Subject: Cerambycid larvae intercepted in "straw" covered stools from China
Date posted: April 01, 2002
Source: USDA Forest Service
PPQ officers in Connecticut (USA) have found well developed larvae of the long-horned beetle Hesperophanes sp. (Cerambycidae) in wooden foot stools covered with "straw" (cane, osier, bamboo or similar materials) from China. If the "straw" is removed, an internal structure consisting of fiberboard or veneer sides held together by 14'' pieces of wood is discovered. In Connecticut's case, some of the wood pieces had bark attached, and when peeled back, the Hesperophanes sp. larvae were revealed. This insect is "actionable" in the US when intercepted in wood products from cargo, and is in the same family as the Asian and citrus long-horned beetles.