Science: Oriental Undesirables

Along with its hula dancers and splendid climate, Hawaii has its troubles. One of the worst is bugs. Latest undesirable to make good in the Islands is the Oriental fruit fly, an insect slightly smaller than a house fly and conspicuously marked by yellow stripes round its abdomen. It arrived during wartime, probably hitchhiking by aircraft or ship from Saipan, and spread like winged wildfire throughout the Islands, riddling all sorts of fruit and vegetables.

Far worse than the damage the flies have already done in Hawaii is the imminent possibility that they may spread to California, one of the world's best...

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