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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Chromatomyia syngenesiae (Diptera: Agromyzidae) = Phytomyza atricornis, leaf miners

Agent introduced: Chryrsocharis sp. (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) = (probably C. pubicornis (Zetterstedt))

Imported: 1969-1971

Import source: Pakistan

Released: 1969-71

Release details: 177 definitely released at Ashburton, Mid-Canterbury, but confusion surrounds identification of wasps from early introductions which may have been confused with Hemiptarsenus semialbiclavus.

Establishment: Does not appear to have established.


Cameron PJ, Hill RL, Bain J, 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.