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Biocontrol introduction

Target pest: Sminthurus viridis (Collembola: Sminthuridae), lucerne flea

Agent introduced: Bdellodes lapidaria (Acariformes: Bdellidae)

Imported: 1938

Import source: Western Australia

Release details: Consignments did not survive but B. lapidaria was reported as already present in New Zealand.

Establishment: Distribution is unknown but has been reported in low numbers from Huntly and Hamilton.

Impacts on target: Considered insignificant


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.