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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Chrysodeixis eriosoma (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), green looper or silver y moth

Agent introduced: Microplitis sp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) = Microgaster sp.

Imported: Naturally occurring

Establishment: Throughout North Island and as far south as Christchurch

Impacts on target: Found infrequently, but significant rates of parasitism are sometimes recorded.


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.