Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Agonopterix ulicetella as a biocontrol agent
for Ulex europaeus in Hawaii


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Status of Agonopterix ulicetella as a biocontrol agent for Ulex europaeus in Hawaii

Agonopterix ulicetella (Lepidoptera, Oecophoridae) was released in Hawaii in 1988 as a biological control of gorse, Ulex europaeus. The insect was obtained from New Zealand in 1985, where it was already in quarantine as a potential biocontrol agent. Agonopterix ulicetella larvae feed on the green foliage of gorse, and the insect was well established by 1989. (info from http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9446_markin_2002/ accessed 20091104; info as of 2000)

References for Agonopterix ulicetella as a biocontrol agent for Ulex europaeus in Hawaii

Biological control of gorse in Hawaii: a program review
Markin, George P., Patrick Conant, Eloise Killgore, and Ernest Yoshioka. 2002. Biological control of gorse in Hawaii: a program review. pp. 53-1 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/9446_markin_2002/)


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