Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Some recent successes in the field of biological control in the West Indies.

Abstract

The author reviews five successful attempts to control insect pests or weeds in the West Indies by the introduction of beneficial insects. The successes cited are the control of Diatraea saccharalis on sugar-cane in Barbados by Lixophaga diatraeae (Tns.) [cf. RAE/A 61, 511], the control of Aleurocanthus woglumi Ashby on Citrus in Barbados, Jamaica and the Cayman Is. by Eretmocerus serius Silv. and Prospaltella opulenta Silv. [cf. 57, 1435], the control of Icerya purchasi Mask. on Citrus and other plants in Barbados and St.Kitts by Rodolia cardinalis (Muls.), the control of Opuntia spp. in the Leeward Is. by Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) [cf. 55, 838] and the control of another weed, Tribulus cistoides, on St. Kitts by Microlarinus lypriformis (Woll.).