Retrospective host specificity testing of <i>Cotesia urabae</i> to assess the risk posed to the New Zealand nolid moth <i>Celama parvitis</i>


  • G.A. Avila
  • T.M. Withers
  • G.I. Holwell



Additional retrospective testing of the gum leaf skeletoniser (Uraba lugens) biological control agent Cotesia urabae was conducted against the endemic moth Celama parvitis Although this native was included in host specificity testing before EPA approved the parasitoids release this work aimed to increase the sample size to better assess the potential risk posed The effect that different periods of host deprivation and prior oviposition experience had on the parasitoids readiness to attack was examined in a sequence of nochoice tests No parasitoids emerged from the 52 of larvae that survived to pupation thus confirming C parvitis as a nonhost Dissections of larvae that died during laboratory rearing revealed that 63 had contained a parasitoid but no C urabae parasitoid larvae developed beyond the second instar Significant differences were found in the attack times according to the parasitoids deprivation levels (age) and it was also observed that the duration until first attack significantly decreased after each nontarget presentation




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Avila, G., Withers, T. and Holwell, G. 2014. Retrospective host specificity testing of &lt;i&gt;Cotesia urabae&lt;/i&gt; to assess the risk posed to the New Zealand nolid moth &lt;i&gt;Celama parvitis&lt;/i&gt;. New Zealand Plant Protection. 67, (Jan. 2014), 328–328. DOI:



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