Field records of painted apple moth (Teia anartoides Walker

Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) on plants and inanimate objects in Auckland, New Zealand

A. E A Stephens*, D. Max Suckling, Graham M. Burnip, Juliet Richmond, Alan Flynn

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Abstract

As part of an eradication program, field searches were conducted to verify the geographical extent of the painted apple moth (PAM; Teia anartoides Walker: Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) incursion and to determine which plants were being attacked. Most PAM were found on the wattle species, in particular Paraserianthes lophanta and Acacia mearnsii. Other species with large numbers of PAM included the native Corynocarpus laevigatus (karaka) and Avicennia marina (grey mangrove). The large number of PAM on these New Zealand species would not have been predicted from the known unrelated Australian hosts. The relatively high number of PAM found on inanimate objects demonstrated the mobility of PAM larvae and that plants upon which few larvae were found may not be suitable hosts for PAM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-159
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • Acacia mearnsii
  • Avicennia marina
  • Corynocarpus laevigatus
  • Invasive species
  • Larval dispersal
  • Paraserianthes lophanta

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