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Wasp-attacking mite to be studied

John Kerr posted in on April 22nd, 2014.

The media is abuzz over a new wasp biocontrol research project. Landcare research has received research funding to investigate a wasp-attacking mite which could be used to control invasive species. Two species of European wasps, Vespula germanica and Vespula vugaris, are significant environmental and economic pests in New Zealand, attacking honeybee populations, damaging vineyard crops […]

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Media Coverage: Ant-dropping wasps causing a buzz

John Kerr posted in on March 31st, 2011.

Previously unheard-of wasp behaviour documented by Victoria University scientists has gained major media coverage both in New Zealand and overseas. Dr Julien Grangier and Assoc. Professor Philip Lester, from the Victoria University School of Biological Sciences, noted some unusual behaviour displayed by invasive wasps (Vespula vulgaris) competing for food with native New Zealand ants (Prolasius […]

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