Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Melittia oedipus as a biocontrol agent
for Coccinia grandis in Hawaii


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Information and references regarding Melittia oedipus as a biocontrol agent for Coccinia grandis in Hawaii are provided here. For further information, contact webmaster@hear.org.


Status of Melittia oedipus as a biocontrol agent for Coccinia grandis in Hawaii

"Melittia oedipus was first released on the slopes of Punchbowl, Oahu, in August 1966. From that date to August 1999, approximately 21,600 adults and 16,000 larvae were released on Oahu. The moth is now well established and vines have thinned out substantially." (info from Marianne E. Chun (http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9441_chun_2002/ [http://www.hear.org/pcsu/techreports/pdfs/pcsutechreport00129chun.pdf] accessed 10 August 2009); info as of June 2000)

References for Melittia oedipus as a biocontrol agent for Coccinia grandis in Hawaii

Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii
Chun, Marianne E. 2002. Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii. pp. 8-12 in Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds). 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages. from http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/duffy/techr/129.pdf accessed 16 March 2008. (http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9441_chun_2002/)

Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001
Culliney, Thomas W., Walter T. Nagamine, and Kenneth K. Teramoto. 2003. Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001. Proc. Hawaiian Entomol. Soc. (2003) 36:145-153. (http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9459_culliney_2003/)


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