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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), tomato fruitworm

Agent introduced: Hyposoter didymator (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)



Import source:

Bulgaria and Greece

Import notes:

Cameron et al. (1989) - Hyposoter didymator was collected in Bulgaria and Greece by the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control and shipped to New Zealand in 1976.


Cameron et al. (1989) - not released [see Cameron et al. (1989) entry in 'General comments' section].

General comments:

Cameron et al. (1989) - Hyposoter didymator was not released becuase it was shown to have a wide host range which gave concern about possible environmental conflicts.


Cameron PJ, Hill RL, Bain J, 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.