NY521 - Further Releases of the Palm Leaf Beetle Parasite and Assessment of Present Distribution

This project was undertaken to extend the range of release sites for the biological control of the palm leaf beetle (PLB) and to assess its establishment and benefit to northern Australian ornamental and native plants. It was established in March 1998 that PLD was restricted to far north Queensland. Using Climex Program and modified weather data from Mareeba, a distribution map was produced that predicts PLB would survive the length of the Queensland coast and into the coastal areas of northern NSW. This prediction mirrors climate data for Noumea where the pest exists.