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Wasp parasite of woolly apple aphid

Wasp parasite of woolly apple aphid

A tiny North American wasp – Aphelinus mali – is a natural enemy of woolly apple aphids, and was introduced to New Zealand in 1921 to help control the pest. Female wasps lay a single egg into aphid nymphs. The nymph dies and the wasp develops into an adult inside the dead body over 20–50 days.

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John Palmer, 'Apples and pears - Rootstocks and tree management', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by John Palmer, published 24 Nov 2008