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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Epiphyas postvittana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), light brown apple moth

Agent introduced: Brachymeria teuta (Hymenoptera: Chalcididae)

Imported: 1967, 1969

Import source: Australia

Released: 1967, 1969

Release details: 20 were released at Appleby and Nelson in 1967 and in 1969 40 were released at Appleby, Nelson. Also released at Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga

Establishment: Established at Nelson during 1968-73 but it is not known if it has persisted. Reported from Auckland (1 specimen) in 1972.


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.