Sabra Fruit, Symbol of Modern Israel, Under Threat From Central American Insect

The dactylopius opuntiae aphid is currently limited to a valley in northern Israel, but experts are concerned since it has no local predators.

It is hard to imagine the Israeli landscape without sabra cactus bushes. And for many people, the thought of spending summertime in Israel without the prickly, sweet sabra fruit is tantamount to catastrophic. However, an invasive biological pest is now threatening the future of the plant that has become a symbol of modern Israel, for Jews and Arabs alike.