Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Darna pallivitta as a biocontrol target in Hawaii

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Information and references regarding Darna pallivitta as a biocontrol target in Hawaii are provided here. For further information, contact webmaster@hear.org.

Biocontrol agent: Aroplectrus dimerus
Status in Hawaii: The Hawaii Department of Agriculture proposed the introduction of the parasitic wasp Aroplectrus dimerus from Taiwan as a biological control agent of the nettle caterpillar after host range and specificity tests were completed. The wasp has been in colonization at the HDOA Insect Containment Facility. A draft environmental assessment was prepared in 2007 and has been submitted for approval by state and federal agencies.

The Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) project is currently funded by the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) through PIERC (USGS) with support from HCSU (UH Hilo). More details are available online. Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN)National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)

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