Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said, “Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that impacts a variety of species throughout the world. In this case, mantis eggs were illegally smuggled and hidden in a box of toys. Fortunately, our partners at USDA APHIS apprehended the package and worked closely with our Wildlife Inspectors to seize the shipment.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service regulates importing of live insects, requiring special permits and requirements to bring live insects into the country.