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New pest intercepted at border

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The Perdita sp. (Andrenidae), commonly known as a mining bee was found in a shipment of celery. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The Perdita sp. (Andrenidae), commonly known as a mining bee was found in a shipment of celery. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new pest was intercepted by Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the San Luis commercial facility on Saturday.

The Perdita sp. (Andrenidae), commonly known as a mining bee was found in a shipment of celery.

A national Department of Agriculture entomologist confirmed the specimen as a new pest, and the shipment was placed in quarantine to prevent introducing disease and parasites from other countries to U.S. bees.

Bees in the family Andrenidae are usually ground-nesting most commonly found in sandy soil.

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