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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Tetranychus urticae (Acariformes: Tetranychidae), two-spotted spider mite

Agent introduced: Anthocoris musculus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae)



Import source:

Nova Scotia, Canada

Import notes:

Cameron et al. (1989) - two consignments of A. musculus were received from Novia Scotia, Canada in 1965-66.



Release details:

Cameron et al. (1989) - a total of 400 individuals imported in 1965-66 were released at two sites in the Nelson district of the South Island.


Cameron et al. (1989) - there is no report on the status of A. musculus at the release sites, but it is assumed it did not establish.


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.