Wednesday 9 February 2011

Man arrested on charges of purchasing 500 illegal exotic roaches online

Female Guyana Orange-spotted Cockroach - Blaptica dubia
The topic of sending non-US native species to the states (or across state borders) comes up regularly on a variety of mailing lists.

The laws against this are there for the protection of the native ecosystems and should be respected. I have had several arguments with people over the years about how stick insects are harmless and should be allowed free transit. In fact they can cause a huge amount of damage (I have been compiling a list of the damage they can do for publication in a future Phasmid Studies).

Don't do it!