|Adult Khapra beetle|
The Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), which originated in South Asia, is one of the world’s most destructive pests of grain products and seeds. It is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world. Infestations are difficult to control because of the insect's ability to survive without food for long periods, its preference for dry conditions and low-moisture food, and its resistance to many insecticides. There is a federal quarantine restricting the importation of rice into the U.S,. from countries with known infestations of the beetle.
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- Stibick J. 2007. New pest response guidelines: Khapra Beetle APHIS–PPQ–Emergency and Domestic Programs, United States Department of Agriculture, Riverdale, Maryland
- University of Florida Food & Agricultural Services
- Chicago Tribune