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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Coleophora frischella (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae) = Coleophora trifolii, white tipped clover casebearer

Agent introduced: Gelis areator (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) = Hemiteles areator



Import source:

Near Montmédy, France

Import notes:

Cameron et al. (1989) - Gelis areator is a secondary parasitoid which emerged from a 1955 importation of 5,000 Coleophora trifolii host larvae collected near Montmédy, France. An unknown number of this parasitoid species emerged. Specimens were sent to the British Museum of Natural History for identification; none were released.


Cameron et al. (1989) - not released.


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.