Colony optimisation of <i>Mastrus ridens</i> (Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae) a potential biological control agent of codling moth in New Zealand


  • W.R.M. Sandanayaka
  • A. Chhagan
  • N.E.M. Page-Weir
  • J.G. Charles



Mastrus ridens (Horstmann) (Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae) was imported from Argentina into New Zealand as part of a classical biological control programme against codling moth (CM) Cydia pomonella (L) (Lepidoptera Tortricidae) A laboratory colony was successfully established and maintained in quarantine and experiments were conducted to understand the biology and behaviour of the parasitoid to maximise its efficiency prior to release Nave females parasitised a maximum of four CM larvae/day laying a total of 12915 eggs However a single CM larva could support the development of a maximum of 10 parasitoids The body sizes of emerging M ridens females in the colony decreased with an increase in the number of pupae developing on a single CM larva because of competition Female M ridens preferred larger CM larvae to smaller larvae in cocoons for oviposition Superparasitism host feeding and the number of CM larvae hosting damaged parasitoid eggs increased with decreasing host/parasitoid ratios




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Sandanayaka, W., Chhagan, A., Page-Weir, N. and Charles, J. 2011. Colony optimisation of &lt;i&gt;Mastrus ridens&lt;/i&gt; (Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae) a potential biological control agent of codling moth in New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection. 64, (Jan. 2011), 227–234. DOI:




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