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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Hylastes ater (Coleoptera: Anthribidae), black pine bark beetle

Agent introduced: Rhizophagus bipustulatus (Coleoptera: Monotomidae)

Imported: 1934 plus a later importation pre 1936

Import source: Europe

Released: 1933

Release details: In 1933, 75 were released at Braeburn, 75 at Rotorua, 160 at Wairakei and 75 at Taupo. There are no records of later releases

Establishment: 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.