Story: Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry

Gypsy moth trap

Gypsy moth trap

Asian gypsy moths are not established in New Zealand, but they are a serious pest elsewhere. In March 2003 an adult moth was found in Hamilton, prompting an intensive spraying and trapping programme. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry officer Dave Kershaw inspects a trap containing pheromones, used to attract male moths. New Zealand was declared free of the pest in 2005.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1993/4118/7A
Photograph by Mark Coote

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Control of horticultural insect pests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008