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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Mayetiola destructor (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), hessian fly

Agent introduced: Pediobius acantha (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) = Pediobius metallicus (Nees)

Import source: Unknown

Release details: Possibly included in 1893 and 1894/5 importations of Platygaster hiemalis and Pediobius epigonus

Establishment: Both North and South Islands

Impacts on target: Not quantified


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.