Story: Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry

Argentine stem weevil

Argentine stem weevil

A parasitoid wasp (Microtonus hyperodae) attacks an Argentine stem weevil. The wasp lays an egg in the weevil, which makes the weevil sterile. The wasp was introduced to New Zealand from South America as a biological control agent in 1989.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Introduced pests of pasture foliage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008