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Fossil scale insects (Hemiptera, Coccoidea, Diaspididae) in life position on an angiosperm leaf from an early Miocene lake deposit, Otago, New Zealand
The first fossil scale insects to be described from New Zealand are 14 well‐preserved female scale covers attached to an angiosperm leaf found in Lower Miocene finely laminated lacustrine diatomite at Foulden Hills, Otago, demonstrating that before the Early Miocene Aspidiotinae had a neotenic, wingless female, and its modern form of scale cover, with a fully developed, fibrous, waxy scale cover.
Evaluation of the Predatory Wasp, Ancistrocerus gazella, for Biological Control of Leafrollers in Otago Fruit Crops: 1. Prey Composition, Nest Structure and Wasp Productivity from Artificial Nests
Artificial nest tubes were deployed in the field for colonization by the accidentallyimported wasp, Ancistrocerus gazella (Panzer), a reported important predator of lepidopterous larvae, especially pest tortricids, and the numbers and sex of adults produced.
Biology of Ancistrocerus gazella (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Eumenidae) in New Zealand
- A. Harris
Ancistrocerus gazella(Panzer, 1798) is common in Central Otago, New Zealand. Details are provided of its typically tubular, generally multicelled nests in hollow stems, artificial trap nests,…
A sclerite from a late Cretaceous moth (Insecta: Lepidoptera) from Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury, New Zealand
Abstract A second Cretaceous insect fossil known from New Zealand—the apical part of a sclerite from the abdomen of an adult lepidopterous insect—from Rakaia Gorge, Canterbury, is described. The…
A large aggregation of Peripatoides novaezealandiae (Hutton, 1876) (Onychophora: Peripatopsidae)
- A. Harris
- 1 December 1991
Abstract On 6 May 1989, Mr D.H. Randle discovered several thousand individuals of Peripatoides novaezealandiae (Hutton, 1876) on his two-hectare property at 146 Caversham Valley Road, Dunedin.
Ancistrocerus gazella (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Eumenidae): a potentially useful biological control agent for leafrollers Planotortrix octo, P. excessana, Ctenopseustis obliquana, C. herana, and…
- A. Harris
- 1 September 1994
Ancistrocerus gazella (Panzer 1798) was found to prey almost exclusively on caterpillars of the lepidopterous family Tortricidae, which includes New Zealand's most damaging pests of fruit crops.
Objective evaluation of colour variation in the sand-burrowing beetle Chaerodes trachyscelides White (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) by instrumental determination of CIELAB values
Abstract The objective evaluation of the different colours of individual sand-burrowing beetles Chaerodes trachyscelides White illustrates that instrumental techniques may replace visual assessments…
A New Fossil Termite (Isoptera, Stolotermitidae, Stolotermes) from the Early Miocene of Otago, New Zealand
: The forewing of a termite from Early Miocene lake sediments in Otago, southern New Zealand is figured and described. It exhibits the generic characters of the damp-wood termite Stolotermes…
Geographic variation for colour in the sandburrowing beetle Chaerodes trachyscelides White (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) on New Zealand beaches analysed using CIELAB L * values
Results are interpreted as evidence that the variability of colour of Chaerodes beetles has the effect of populations being able to match the colour of the sand of their home beaches, presumably as a consequence of the differential survival of individuals.
Wasps of the genus Sceliphron (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) intercepted in New Zealand
- A. Harris
Notes are given on nests with live diapausing prepupae of Sceliphron (Sceliphrons) laetum, S. (S.) caementarium and S.formosum intercepted in New Zealand.