BioControl (1998) 43, 325-338

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M.D. Day, B.W. Willson and K.J. Latimer (1998)
The life history and host range of Ectaga garcia, a biological control agent for Lantana camara and L. montevidensis in Australia
BioControl 43 (3), 325-338
Abstract: The life cycle and host specificity of Ectaga garcia were investigated. Moths emerge in the morning and are inactive during the day. Eggs are laid and larvae feed on the undersurface of leaves of Lantana camara and L. montevidensis. Larvae spin protective cocoons from which they feed and in which they pupate. Development from egg to adult takes approximately 48 days. Forty-five plant species were tested to determine host specificity. Females laid eggs only on L. camara and L. montevidensis. In no-choice trials, neonate larvae fed but failed to complete development on nine test species. E. garcia was subsequently approved for release in Australia.
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Database assignments for author(s): Michael D. Day

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
new introduction of pest
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution
non-target effects/fate in environm.


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Lantana camara (weed)
Lantana montevidensis (weed)
Ectaga garcia (weed bioagent) Lantana camara (weed)
Ectaga garcia (weed bioagent) Lantana montevidensis (weed)