Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Teleonemia scrupulosa as a biocontrol agent
for Lantana camara in Hawaii


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Information and references regarding Teleonemia scrupulosa as a biocontrol agent for Lantana camara in Hawaii are provided here. For further information, contact webmaster@hear.org.


Status of Teleonemia scrupulosa as a biocontrol agent for Lantana camara in Hawaii

Teleonemia scrupulosa was introduced to Hawaii in 1902 and 1952. It is highly damaging to the leaves of lantana (Lantana camara). Its effectiveness may be reduced by its preference for certain cultivars. Host specificity trials indicated the T. scrupulosa could feed on teak, sesame, and species in three other families. (IMPORTANT NOTE: a Hawaii Department of Agriculture official stated that by today's [2009] standards "we would not release [a species with this wide host range] into Hawaii.") (info from http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9497_broughton_2000/ & RE: current standards, pers. comm. 2009 (Neil Reimer to pt@hear.org); info as of 1999)

References for Teleonemia scrupulosa as a biocontrol agent for Lantana camara in Hawaii

Review and evaluation of Lantana biocontrol programs
Broughton, Sonya. 2000. Review and evaluation of Lantana biocontrol programs. Biological Control Volume 17, Issue 3, March 2000, pp. 272-286. (http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9497_broughton_2000/)


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