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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Digitalis purpurea (Scrophulariales: Scrophulariaceae), foxglove

Agent introduced: Mellicta athalia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) = Meltaea athalia, heath fritillary butterfly

Imported: 1926

Import source: England

Released: Unknown

Release details: May not have been 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.