Unusual suspects

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1677
  1. Bernard Dixon

    I see that the Ministry of Agriculture is again urging us to watch out for Colorado beetles. Very wise. The orange-brown Leptinotarsa decemlineata may resemble a rather obese ladybird, but it could decimate our potato crops if it became established in Britain. And the risks of the pest arriving in grain, seeds, fruit, leafy vegetables, or timber—or the cars or luggage of returning holidaymakers—are very real.

    If you find one, you are encouraged to pop it into a sealed container and present it to your local plant and seeds inspector. However, as the inspectors are much less conspicuous than the beetles themselves, you are more likely to follow …

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