[3 August/NZ Herald]

Hundreds of thousands of sterile male Canadian moths have been dropped by drone on a Central Hawke’s Bay orchard to expel Hawke’s Bay of codling moths and keep fruit chemical-free. Plant and Food Entomologist Dr Jim Walker said a trial would be rolled out to the greater Hawkes Bay with 10 to 12 releases per season. In the 2016/2017 season, four wild moths were caught in the 100-hectare orchard, a 96 percent decrease from the 2015/16 season. The moths would act as an example of Integrated Pest Management and eliminate the need to spray for the insect.