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Secusio extensa
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Taxonomy & nomenclature

Secusio extensa information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Secusio extensa, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Biocontrol (potential for use as)

Annual report for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for FY2008 View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The annual report for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for fiscal year 2008 includes information on--among other things--new pest detections and identification, and projects of the branch's Biological Control and Chemical/Mechanical (CM) Sections.

Field release of Secusio extensa (Butler) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae), for biological control of fireweed, Senecio madagascariensis Poiret (Asterales: Asteraceae), in Hawaii View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The draft environmental assessment regarding biological control of fireweed was prepared by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (January 2008).

Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001
Culliney, Thomas W., Walter T. Nagamine, and Kenneth K. Teramoto. 2003. Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001. Proc. Hawaiian Entomol. Soc. (2003) 36:145-153.

Secusio extensa information (biocontrol in Hawaii) from HEAR.org
Information about Secusio extensa as it is relevant to biocontrol (biological control) efforts in Hawaii is provided by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).

Biological fix for invasive species: State wants larvae to take bite out of fireweed
The potential for controlling fireweed in Hawaii by introducing the Secusio extensa moth is discussed in a Maui News article (6/15/2008).


In the news

State proposes introduction of moth to control invasive fireweed plant
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture proposes the introduction of a moth (Secusio extensa) into Hawaii as a natural enemy and biological control agent for the fireweed plant (MauiNow article with images, 9/10/2010).

Bugs readied for eco-battle
The erythrina gall wasp, nettle caterpillar, and Madagascar fireweed are Hawaii pests that may be combatted by biocontrol agents if Hawaii receives federal approval for their release (Honolulu Advertiser, 5/11/2008).


Full-text articles

Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001
Culliney, Thomas W., Walter T. Nagamine, and Kenneth K. Teramoto. 2003. Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001. Proc. Hawaiian Entomol. Soc. (2003) 36:145-153.


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