Eggs from fall armyworm, have been found in Tauranga. This pest causes millions of dollars in crop damage in China, the USA and across Africa, Biosecurity New Zealand’s deputy director-general Stuart Anderson says fall army worm eggs were found during routine surveillance attached to a gypsy moth trap in Tauranga’s central business district. The eggs were tested and destroyed. Fall armyworms lay up to 2000 eggs and cause havoc in South Africa’s maize crops…they caused an annual average crop loss of US$60 million between 1975 and 1983 in the US and more than US$400m in damage annually in Brazil. Biosecurity New Zealand says the pest is a low risk to Kiwi farmers because NZ temperatures are too cold for it to establish. No further eggs or any sign of adult moths or larvae were found.
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