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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Agrotis ipsilon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), greasy cutworm

Agent introduced: Linnaemya comta (Diptera: Tachinidae)

Imported: 1981-82

Import source: USA

Released: 1982

Release details: A total of 7,650 mated female flies and 2,200 parasitised larvae were released in Auckland, Pukekohe, Gisborne and Tolaga Bay.

Establishment: Not recovered


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.