Southern ladybird (<i>Cleobora mellyi</i>) is now well established in New Zealand


  • L.A. Berndt
  • T.M. Withers
  • B.A. Gresham



The southern ladybird Cleobora mellyi (Coleoptera Coccinellidae) is a biological control agent of Eucalyptus and Acacia pests such as Chrysophtharta bimaculata (Coleoptera Chrysomelidae) in Tasmania Cleobora mellyi was introduced to New Zealand from Australia in the 1970s and 1980s in the hope that it would help control the Eucalyptus tortoise beetle Paropsis charybdis (Coleoptera Chrysomelidae) However establishment was successful at only one site in the Marlborough Sounds Since that time additional psyllid species have established on eucalypts and acacia providing a needed alternative food source for C mellyi Further releases were made in 2005 and 2007 and 17 of the 21 release sites were reassessed in the summer of 2009/10 Established populations were found at eight of the sites checked across the upper North Island and in Southland Cleobora mellyi is therefore now established in Northland Auckland Coromandel Waikato Bay of Plenty and Southland as well as the Marlborough Sounds site Paropsis charybdis appears to be an alternative as opposed to primary food source for C mellyi so this predator is unlikely to exert control over P charybdis as originally hoped It remains to be determined whether C mellyi will be beneficial in controlling psyllids or the chrysomelid pest Dicranosterna semipunctata on A melanoxylon




How to Cite

Berndt, L., Withers, T. and Gresham, B. 2010. Southern ladybird (&lt;i&gt;Cleobora mellyi&lt;/i&gt;) is now well established in New Zealand. New Zealand Plant Protection. 63, (Aug. 2010), 282–282. DOI:



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