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Native species demand rigorous inspection of imports (editorial)
Turning away insect-infested Christmas trees is a negligible price to pay when compared to the cost of fighting pests that could harm the ecosystem for years to come (Star Bulletin, 12/6/2007).
Christmas trees bring wasps to Hawaii
Vespula germanica, the German yellow jacket, found on shipments of Christmas trees, would be a damaging pest if allowed to establish in Hawaii.
Hawaii finds wasps in quarantined Christmas trees
Inspectors found dozens of insects inside two quarantined shipments of Christmas trees. including a German yellow-jacket wasp - a species that does not exist in Hawaii (Honolulu Advertiser 11/22/2007).
Hawaii finds bugs amid Christmas trees
Inspectors found dozens of insects inside one of four quarantined shipments of Christmas trees, including a worrisome German yellow-jacket wasp that does not exist in Hawaii (USA Today, 11/21/2007).
Hawaii imports yield holiday surprise
The 2007 season's first large shipment of Christmas trees from the mainland came decorated - with yellow jackets (USA Today, 11/20/2007).
Shipment of Christmas trees quarantined
The Department of Agriculture inspected more than 50 containers carrying 300 trees each and found four containers with German yellowjacket wasps (KHON2 News, 11/19/2007).
Orchid trade complaint goes to court
"The Hawaii Orchid Growers Association wants to block a rule change that will allow the importation of phalaenopsis orchids in approved growing media from Taiwan" (Pacific Business News, 06 January 2005).
Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy
South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). Sherley, Greg (ed.) . 2000. Invasive species in the Pacific: A technical review and draft regional strategy. Apia, Samoa: South Pacific Regional Environment Programme. ISBN: 982-04-0214-X.
Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.
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