Boneseed Tip Moth

At this stage we haven’t been successful in establishing biocontrol agents for boneseed in Tasmania or Victoria i.e. the black boneseed beetle or the the bitou tip moth that was released at Rosevears. However, a number of other agents are being studied. The next agent to be released in Tasmania will probably be a species of seed fly, Mesoclanis magnipalpis, which was released in Victoria last year. The seed fly larvae eat the boneseed fruits, preventing seed formation.

Two other agents also show great promise and are currently being studied for host specificity. These are a rust fungus, Endophyllum osteospermi, and a leaf roller moth, Tortrix sp.