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Biocontrol introduction

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

Agent introduced: Itoplectis maculator (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)



Import source:

Near Montmédy, France

Import notes:

Cameron et al. (1989) - an unknown number of I. maculator emerged from an importation of Coleophora trifolii host larvae collected near Montmédy, France in August 1955. Itoplectis maculator is a primary pupal parasitoid of Choristoneura murinana but is also hyperparasitic in C. trifolii. The individuals that emerged 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.