[08 March/The Country]

A larva of the poplar sawfly has been found in a trap in Abbotsford, Dunedin by Biosecurity New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand have found an established population of the poplar sawfly is in the area and are trying to discover how far it has spread. They are urging the public to come forward with pictures and ring the biosecurity hotline if they have seen the poplar sawfly in their area. Brendan Gould, Manager of Surveillance and Incursion for Biosecurity New Zealand reported that the poplar sawfly is not known to cause significant harm and at worse will cause some defoliation of poplar trees. Gould said the poplar sawfly was commonly found in Europe, Asia and North America, and Biosecurity New Zealand was assessing the potential risk.