Implicating an introduced generalist parasitoid in the invasive browntail moth's enigmatic demise.

@article{Elkinton2006ImplicatingAI,
  title={Implicating an introduced generalist parasitoid in the invasive browntail moth's enigmatic demise.},
  author={Joseph S. Elkinton and Dylan Parry and George H. Boettner},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={87 10},
  pages={2664-72}
}
Recent attention has focused on the harmful effects of introduced biological control agents on nontarget species. The parasitoid Compsilura concinnata is a notable example of such biological control gone wrong. Introduced in 1906 primarily for control of gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, this tachinid fly now attacks more than 180 species of native Lepidoptera in North America. While it did not prevent outbreaks or spread of gypsy moth, we present reanalyzed historical data and experimental… CONTINUE READING

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