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Biological control agents

Biological control is the use of natural enemies (called biological control agents) to reduce populations of pests such as insects and weeds. The biological control agents that we have approved are outlined below. Insect and fungal biological control agents have been approved for release in New Zealand.

Biological control agents approved for use in New Zealand
(listed alphabetically by target pest)

Last updated: April 2017


​Target Pest ​Agent ​Species Name ​Date Approved
Boneseed ​moth ​Tortrix s.l. sp. "chrysanthemoides" ​February 2005
​Buddleia ​weevil ​Cleopus japonicus ​November 2005
Californian thistle
​weevil ​Ceratapion onopordi ​April 2007
​beetle Cassida rubiginosa ​April 2007
Chilean needle grass
​fungi ​Uromyces pencanus ​June 2011
Clover root weevil
​parasitoid wasp
Microctonus aethiopoides ​November 2005
Codling moth
​parasitoid wasp
​Mastrus ridens ​June 2012
Darwin's barberry
​weevil ​Anthonomus kuscheli ​October 2012
​weevil Berberidicola exaratus ​October 2012

​Field horsetail

​weevil Grypus equiseti ​May 2016
Giant reed
​wasp Tetramesa romana ​January 2017
​scale insect Rhizaspidiotus donacis ​January 2017
Gum leaf skeletoniser ​parasitoid wasp ​Cotesia urabae

​July 2010

​gall fly
Macrolabis pilosellae ​June 2001

​hover fly
​Cheilosia urbana ​June 2001
​hover fly Cheilosia psilophthalma ​June 2001
Japanese honeysuckle
​butterfly ​Limenitis glorifica ​August 2013
​beetle Oberea shirahatai ​June 2015
​fungus ​Puccinia lantanae ​April 2012
​fungus ​Prospodium tuberculatum ​April 2012
Mealybug ​parasitoid wasp ​Acerophagus maculipennis ​August 2000
Mistflower ​gall fly
​Procecidochares alani ​November 2000
Moth plant
​beetle ​Colaspis argentinensis ​December 2011
​fungus Puccinia araujiae ​December 2015
​Privet ​lace bug
Leptophya hospita ​May 2015
​Ragwort ​moth Cochylis atricapitana ​December 2005
​moth ​Platyptilia isodactyla ​December 2005
Scotch broom
​moth ​Agonopterix assimilella ​July 2006
​beetle ​Gonioctena olivacea ​July 2006
​Thrips ​parasitoid wasp
​Thripobius semiluteus ​June 2000
​Tomato potato psyllid
parasitoid wasp​ Tamarixia triozae ​June 2016
Tradescantia ​beetle ​Neolema ogloblini ​November 2008
​beetle ​Neolema abbreviata ​June 2011
​beetle ​Lema basicostata ​June 2011
​fungus ​Kordyana sp. ​January 2013
​Tutsan ​moth ​Lathronympha strigana May 2016
​beetle Chrysolina abchasica May 2016
Woolly nightshade ​lace bug
Gargaphia decoris ​September 2009

Biological control agents that have been declined release in New Zealand

An application to release Macrolophus pygmaeus as a biological control agent against greenhouse whitefly was declined in April 2014. 

What information do I need if I want to make an application?


The following publications (produced under the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) science programme) have extensive information about biological control agents, the research process and the type of information you will need to provide if you are making an application: