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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Acyrthosiphon kondoi (Homoptera: Aphididae), bluegreen lucerne aphid

Agent introduced: Aphidius smithi (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)

Imported: 1977

Import source: Afghanistan, California, Israel, Iran all via University of California, Riverside.

Released: Afghanistan 1977-80, California 1977-80, Israel 1977-78, Iran 1977-78

Release details: All major releases were in Auckland area.

Establishment: The only confirmed recoveries were from field cages. Difficult to distinguish from A. eadyi but is not considered to be established in New Zealand.

References

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.