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Host specificity and biology of Megacyllene mellyi (Col.: Cerambycidae) introduced into Australia for the biological control of Baccharis halimifolia (Compositae)



Host specificity and biology of Megacyllene mellyi (Col.: Cerambycidae) introduced into Australia for the biological control of Baccharis halimifolia (Compositae)



Entomophaga 28(1): 65-71



The biology and food-plant specificity of the stem boring cerambycid Megacyllene mellyi (Chevr.) were studied in Brazil to determine its suitability for introduction into Australia for the biological control of the shrub Baccharis halimifolia. Multiple choice food-plant preference testing of plants related to Baccharis, of desirable plants from a range of plant families and of the food-plants of other species of Megacyllene showed that M. mellyi is restricted to Baccharis spp.

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