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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), cabbage white butterfly

Agent introduced: Apanteles rubecula (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) = Cotesia rubecula (Marshall, 1885)

Imported: 1938-39

Import source: England

Released: 1938 -39 importation not released. Released in 1993 after importation as Cotesia rubecula

Release details: refer Cotesia rubecula


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.

Cameron, PJ, Walker, GP and Keller, MA. (1995). Introduction of Cotesia rubecula, a parasitoid of white butterfly Proc. 48th N.Z. Plant Protection Conf.345-347