Importation and preliminary evaluation of the stem boring moth Buakea kaeuae as a potential biological control agent of invasive guineagrass, Megathyrsus maximus.
Guineagrass, Megathyrsus maximus (Jacq.) B.K. Simon & S.W.L. Jacobs, is an African grass that is invasive in Florida, Hawaii, southern Texas, and northeastern Mexico. Buakea kaeuae Moyal et al., a stem-boring African moth found only on M. maximus, was imported from Kenya and evaluated for its ability to feed and develop on Guineagrass naturalized in southern Texas. Neither larvae nor adults developed or reproduced on Texas Guineagrass.