Eucalyptus tortoise beetle

Your views are being sought on an application to release a wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle, a pest of eucalyptus trees in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion) has applied to us for approval to release a wasp to control the eucalyptus tortoise beetle.

The applicant says the Australian eucalyptus tortoise beetle causes significant damage to susceptible species of eucalypts (gum trees) as both the adult beetle and the grubs (larvae) eat the newly produced leaves of host trees.

Gum trees are a valuable source of wood chips for making paper, cardboard and animal bedding.  As solid wood they are a resouce for production of lumber and durable poles.

We are seeking public submissions on this application.

You have until 5pm on 14 November 2018 to have your say.

Read the application documents

Complete a submission form

Read our media release about the application