Venomous fire ants found in Kyushu for first time
Japan Times -- Jul 22
Dozens of venomous fire ants have been found at Hakata port, the Environment Ministry said, marking the first detection of the invasive species in Kyushu.

The nation’s first discovery of fire ants was in May, when they were spotted at a container yard at Kobe port in Hyogo Prefecture. Discoveries elsewhere in Honshu have since been reported.

With the latest detection in Fukuoka Prefecture, announced Friday, fire ants have been found in Tokyo and five prefectures including Aichi and Osaka.

In Fukuoka, the ants were found in a crack at Hakata port’s container yard, which handles containers shipped from Nansha port in China’s Guangdong province.

Authorities sprayed insecticide and deployed traps near the port. No queen or larva were found.

福岡市の博多港で強い毒を持つヒアリが見つかりました。九州で発見されたのは初めてです。 21日午前10時ごろ、博多港アイランドシティにあるコンテナ置き場のアスファルトのくぼみでヒアリ数十匹が見つかりました。すべて殺虫剤で駆除し、環境省が調査した結果、ヒアリと確認しました。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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