Details of this species in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Source: Kairo et al., 2000
Arrival Date: 1997
Species Notes for this Location:
First reported in the Caribbean in Grenada, 1994, Maconellicoccus hirsutus went on to spread to 21 different islands by 1999 including St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Sagarra & Peterkin, 1999; Kairo et al., 2000). This led to a regional biological control program being initiated in the Caribbean (Kairo et al., 2000).
Management Notes for this Location:
Anagyrus kamali (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) and Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) were released in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 1996 - 1998 as part of the regional biological control program for Maconellicoccus hirsutus in the Caribbean (Kairo et al., 2000). Both species managed to establish successfully in this area, with the Caribbean biological control program generally considered a a tremendous success (Kairo et al., 2000).
Economic/Livelihoods: The economic damage of Maconellicoccus hirsutus on St. Vincent and the Grenadines was estimated to be around US $ 3.4 million (Edwards, 1999; in Kairo et al., 2000).
Last Modified: 1/10/2010 1:19:13 p.m.