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The Jewel Beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki); a new biocontrol for cat’s claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis-cati) in Queensland

Dhileepan, K. and Snow, E.L. (2014) The Jewel Beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki); a new biocontrol for cat’s claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis-cati) in Queensland. In: 19th Australasian Weeds Conference, September 2014, Tasmanian Weed Society, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Article Link: http://www.caws.org.au/awc/2014/awc201410501.pdf


Cat’s claw creeper (Dolichandra unguis-cati (Bignoniaceae) is a serious environmental weed in Queensland and New South Wales. It presents a threat to riparian and rainforest ecosystems and is often found in inaccessible locations that are not suitable for chemical or physical control methods. This makes biological control an important tool for managing this weed. The jewel beetle Hylaeo¬gena jureceki was approved for release in Australia in May 2012. Since approval, approximately 35,000 insects have been released at 53 sites. Multiple and single releases have been made at sites with the number of insects released ranging from 20 to 1590. Post-release monitoring before and after winter found the beetle persisting at 73% of release sites in southeast Queensland. Within the release sites, the beetle appears to disperse widely, up to 100 m over a 15 month period. Based on these early field results, it appears that the beetle will establish and spread in Queensland and New South Wales. In addition to direct field releases, the beetle has been supplied to various community and Landcare groups for breeding and field release. This will hasten the spread of the insect to a wider area. It is expected that the jewel beetle will complement the leaf-sucking tingid (Carvalhotingis visenda) and leaf-tying moth (Hypocosmia pyrochroma) that were released in 2007.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Live Archive:29 Sep 2014 00:56
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:50

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