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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Listronotus bonariensis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), Argentine stem weevil

Agent introduced: Anaphes atomarius (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae)

Imported: 1966-67

Import source: Argentina

Released: 1966-67

Release details: Releases were made at Nelson, Lincoln (Canterbury) and Waikato

Establishment: Field releases failed to establish as a result of being unable to overwinter.


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.