n African Entomology - Insects associated with (Crassulaceae) in Madagascar and prospects for biological control of this weed

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Surveys of insects associated with in Madagascar was undertaken to identify potential biological control agents for this species in Australia. Seventy-five localities in southern Madagascar were surveyed at least once during four survey trips over a two-year period. Insects representing four orders, 15 families, and 23 species were collected, of which only 10 species were thought to be able to complete their development on . Three of these, (Curculionidae), sp. (Chrysomelidae), and sp. (Eurytomidae) were selected as potential biological control agents as they were abundant, widespread, damaging, and easy to rear.

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