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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Scolypopa australis (Hemiptera: Ricaniidae), passionvine hopper

Agent introduced: Unidentified (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae)



Import source:


Import notes:

Cameron et al. (1989) - in February and March 1965, S. australis eggs embedded in twigs of various host plants were collected in Australia. These were transferred to a New Zealand quarantine facility and yielded two primary parasitoids, including the unidentified scelionid of this introduction.



Release details:

Cameron et al. (1989) - over 3 occasions in March 1965, 377 individuals were released at Paihia. A laboratory culture was initiated, but it is not known whether any further releases were made.


Cameron et al. (1989) - 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.