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From Bugs Beware - Aliens On March
FOR a creature just the width of a human fingernail, eretmocerus hayati is a pretty gruesome wasp.
Eretmocerus chases silverleaf whitefly, and takes its cue from Hollywood in the method of its destruction.
An adult eretmocerus lays its eggs beneath the juvenile whitefly. The fledgling eretmocerus then eats its way into the whitefly, before gradually eating it from the inside out.
Paul de Barro, from CSIRO Entomology, hopes that millions of eretmocerus he and fellow researchers are about to release across Queensland will cause havoc to the whitefly population.
"If you've seen the Aliens film, where they eat from the inside out – well, that's what these parasites will do to the whitefly," Professor de Barro told AAP.
The eretmocerus forms the frontline in a new effort to control the silverleaf whitefly which hitched a ride from the United States in 1994.
Since its arrival, the whitefly has caused havoc for Australian vegetable and cotton growers.
Originally posted by LadyV
Is this silverleaf whitefly indigenous to Australia? Isn't it hazardous to kill of an entire population, as everything in nature is in balance?
Why is it that aussies always hire animals to assassinate other animals.