Bug ex­pert fined

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A bug ex­pert who im­ported, hatched and re­dis­tributed an ex­otic species of moth has been fined $11,250 in Palmer­ston North District Court for breach­ing the Biose­cu­rity Act. Tararua man Zachary Paul Warren, a 28-yearold en­to­mol­o­gist, was fined Warren was sent about 30 Malaysian moon moth eggs in a small plas­tic tube from a friend in New Cale­do­nia, but did not re­port them to cus­toms be­cause he was ex­cited about rais­ing them, Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries in­ves­ti­ga­tions man­ager Steve Ham said of­fi­cers found a branch thrown out a win­dow bear­ing four large cater­pil­lars, and there were bowls con­tain­ing live cater­pil­lars on leaves. ‘‘A to­tal of 37 live cater­pil­lars and 41 dead moths were found.’’ ‘‘Mr Warren’s bla­tant dis­re­gard for biose­cu­rity could place a lot of New Zealand in­dus­tries in jeop­ardy.’’

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