Details of this species in New Zealand
Species Notes for this Location:
Management Notes for this Location:
Since 1979 the North American Sphecophaga vesparum burraSphecophaga v. vesparum were liberated in New Zealand (Donovan, 1996). It was found the the European subspecies had successfully established, whilst the North American subspecies had not.
S. orientalis was imported from Israel and released in New Zealand during 1998. Sphecophaga orientalis in Israel was reported to parasitize 100% of Oriental hornet nests (the nest architecture and life cycle of the Oriental hornet is similar to that of V. germanica) (Havron & Margalith, 1995). Donovan et al. (2002) reporting on the release conclude that S. orientalis appears to possess the potential to attack small and large nests of V. germanica and together with S. v. vesparum would exert pressure on the alien wasps population.
Last Modified: 25/02/2010 2:22:14 p.m.