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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), sirex wood wasp

Agent introduced: Megarhyssa praecellens (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae)



Import source:


Import notes:

Cameron et al. (1989) - in 1966, 14 male and four female M. praecellens were sent to New Zealand from Japan. Only one male and two females were obtained from insectary oviposition, and the following generation consisted of one male only.


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.