Insects Released to Battle Gall Wasps

*updated below*

I guess I will have to watch the news tonight… but there is something that bothers me when I see a news agency release a notice like thiswithout telling us the name of the insect/wasp that was released.

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture today released the first batch of tiny insects that are natural enemies of the Erythrina Gall Wasp, the insect that has devastated wiliwili and coral trees across the state.

Staff released about 500 tiny wasps in a stand of native wiliwili trees in Liliuokalani Botanical Gardens in Liliha. About a dozen such releases will be taking place on each island statewide. KGMB9’s Tina Chau was there and will have full details tonight on KGMB9 News at 6pm.

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*Update*

It’s going to be the wasp that a State Entomologist was working on for a long time.

wasp-predator

…State Department of Agriculture exploratory entomologist Mohsen Ramadan was absent but the product of his work was present in the release of 500 tiny wasps called Eurytoma erythinae into a stand of native wiliwili trees at Lili’uokalani Botanical Gardens in Liliha…

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