Beetle to control the weed moth plant

The moth plant beetle, an organism new to New Zealand, can now be used in the fight to control moth plant.

A Decision-making Committee approved an application by Waikato Regional Council to import the beetle for release and/or release it from containment.

The beetle, Freudeita cf cupripennis, will be used as a biological control agent to combat the weed moth plant (Araujia hortorum).

The weed is a problematic and invasive weed with vines that climb to the canopy of woodlands and smother the trees below, and large pods which contain up to 800 seeds. It occurs in residential properties, urban reserves, native bush, riparian areas, coastal islands, hedgerows and orchards.

We called for public submissions on the application and held a public hearing before the Decision-making Committee in Wellington on 1 May 2019.

The decision was notified on 14 May 2019.

You can read the presentations made to the Committee by the applicant, submitters, and us, and all documents relating to the application in our database.

Read the moth plant beetle application documents