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At Last! Fig-Eating Pests Identified

November 06, 2000

I enjoyed the information about the green fruit beetle ("Fruit Beetle Clumsy but Harmless," Oct. 26). I have always wondered what kind of beetle these were ever since they began appearing in my backyard in the late '70s and eating my figs.

Recently one of them attached itself to my desert tortoise's face. I had a very difficult time removing it, as it would not let go and my tortoise kept trying to withdraw his head to scrape it off. I finally managed to dislodge it and off it flew in its own clumsy way. The tortoise survived the ordeal.

EMMIE MILLER

Dana Point

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