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Abstract

The insect fauna of broom, Cytisus scoparius, in New Zealand.

Abstract

The above-ground fauna of broom (Cytisus scoparius) was sampled for a complete season (1982-83) on the Port Hills, Canterbury, New Zealand. Comparative samples were taken during November 1988 and January 1989 at 17 sites in New Zealand. The most numerous species were Thrips obscuratus and the cryptophagid Paratomaria atomaroides [Loberus atomaroides]. Only 2 specialised broom-feeding species were recorded: Leucoptera spartifoliella and Bryobia variabilis. The invertebrate fauna of broom in New Zealand was considered to be meagre compared to that in its native Europe.