26 Temmuz 2011 Salı

Neighbors Eye Turkey's Bugs and Butterflies

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 13  June 2011)

Six Czech citizens who were trying to smuggle out insects they collected from
various regions of Turkey have been captured at the Kapıkule Customs Area
passengers hall. A search of the culprits' car turned up a total of 6,014 insects
of 48 species such as lady bugs, flies, bees and cicadas hidden in boxes. The
bugs were collected in the north of interior Anatolia and the Black Sea region
and had been killed and stocked in containers soaked in ethyl acetate. The
value of the insects was said to be 500,000 TL.

Customs teams prevented the smuggling out of  more than 5,000 plant seeds
and seedlings during an operation conducted last month. According to
Customs experts, efforts to smuggle out bugs and plants endemic to Turkey
have increased in recent years. The latest operation by Customs involved
the largest insect smuggling attempt ever.

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 12 June 2011)

Villagers in the rural area of Yusufeli district of Artvin province noticed two
people collecting butterflies and insects and informed the Gendarmerie.
After looking at the photographs and images taken by the villagers the
Gendarmerie went into action. Russian citizens Elena and Artur Shnip
were taken into custody along with the 650 butterflies and bugs in their

Elena and Artur Shnip were interrogated at the Yusufeli Gendarmerie
Command and their nets, tweezers, plastic bags and holding containers
were seized. After their statements were taken the two were delivered
to the Artvin Police Directorate's Foreigners Office for deportation. The
butterflies and bugs were turned over to the Yusufeli National Parks

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