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Gumleaf skeletoniser parasitoid released

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From Forest Health News 212, January 2011.

In the previous Forest Health News it was mentioned that a braconid parasitoid would be released soon as a control agent for the gumleaf skeltoniser (Uraba lugens).

Cotesia urabae - the tiny parasitic wasp released as a biological control agent for gumleaf skeletoniser

Cotesia urabae was released in Auckland, where Uraba populations are greatest, in early January this year. Scion will continue to distribute the parasitoid to other areas where the moth occurs and these will be monitored to determine their success and the effect the parasitoid is having on Uraba populations.

Lisa Berndt


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