Australian Leafroller Fly
Scientific Name: Trigonospila brevifacies
Other Common Names: Australian Leafroller Tachinid
Species documented in 1934 by Hardy.
The Australian Leafroller Fly is a relatively small fly, having a body length of approximately 5mm. The overall body is black striped with white.
This leafroller fly is a parasitoid, and lays eggs in other hosts.
Found in most of Australia (and also New Zealand North Island).
This fly was introduced to New Zealand between 1967 and 1973 to aid in the control of orchard pests (Green, 1984). The fly assisted with the biological control of the lightbrown apple moth.
Green, O.R. 1984. New Zealand host and locality records for an introduced tortricid parasite, Trigonospila brevifacies (Diptera: Tachinidae), New Zealand Entomologist. 1984. Volume 8. pp69-71.
CSIRO, 2004. Trigonospila brevifacies (Hardy), CSIRO Entomology. Available from: <http://www.ento.csiro.au/aicn/system/c_1263.htm>