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Mantis eggs

Mantis eggs

Mantis eggs

CUSTOMS officers discovered a bizarre bid to smuggle praying mantis eggs into the United States.

A shipment of toys from Barcelona in Spain were found to have eggs concealed inside the package of one of the toys at Cincinnati Port.

According to US Customs “some foreign species are illegally traded as pets.”

“Mantid smuggling has been on the rise lately, and previously this year CBP found other shipments of live mantids and egg cases transiting through Cincinnati.

“Several months ago, officers and agriculture specialists in Philadelphia found smuggled mantid egg cases in a computer gaming mouse,” it was added in a statement

“Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that impacts a variety of species throughout the world,” said Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“In this case, mantis eggs were illegally smuggled and hidden in a box of toys.”

“I would like to thank the USDA and CBP for their assistance with this case. Together, we can conserve species - and protect our nation’s natural resources - for future generations.”

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