problems with pupae at the airport?

Doug Yanega dyanega at
Fri Jul 30 21:21:41 EDT 1999

>A point that seems to have been missed here about introductions like Gypsy
>Moth and Cynthia Moth is that these are not cases of an enthusiast
>accidentally letting a couple moths fly out the window.  In order for these
>populations to really get established the culprit had to have tossed a very
>large number of individuals out the window.
They were BREEDING them. That requires large populations. Know anyone in
the US presently breeding exotic insects without permits to do so?
>  All of the hobbyists I know of
>would never do such a thing.
If you'd agree to sign a form that indicates that you and your descendants
will pay in case something you import gets loose, then fine, I won't
complain; you'd be taking responsibility for unforeseen events. Until such
a contract is an option, bringing in a potential pest, for a hobby or
otherwise, is irresponsible. You claim it's not a potential pest? Your job
should be to prove it's safe, and not my job to prove it's dangerous. Do I
believe that either of these things will ever happen? Of course not, but I
can dream...  ;-)
Yo, folks, we've already been through this thread before. Unless someone
has changed their opinions since last time, I doubt we'll get anywhere we
*haven't* been yet.
Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
  "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
        is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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