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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Phthorimaea operculella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), potato tuber moth

Agent introduced: Agathis unicolor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)

Imported: 1966-67, 1968

Import source: via CIBC Bangalore, India

Released: 1966-67, 1968

Release details: Approximately 1,350 were released at Lincoln, 950 Palmerston North and 425 Nelson in 1966-67, and 435 were released in Lincoln, and 500 in Nelson in 1968.


Cameron PJ, Hill RL, Bain J and Thomas WP (1989). A Review of Biological Control of Invertebrate Pests and Weeds in New Zealand 1874-1987. Technical Communication No 10. CAB International Institute of Biological Control. DSIR Entomology Division. 424p.