Arrival of leaf-feeding willow sawfly Nematus oligospilus Förster in Australia - pest or beneficial?

E. BruzzeseA,C and R. McFadyenB,C

A Primary Industries Research Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, PO Box 48, Frankston, Victoria 3199, Australia.

B Block B, 80 Meiers Road, Indooroopilly, Queensland 4068, Australia.

C CRC Australian Weed Management.


Willows are trees and shrubs native to the northern hemisphere and considered as either invasive weeds, or desirable for amenity purposes in temperate Australia. The leaf-feeding willow sawfly Nematus oligospilus was recently identified as a new incursion to Australia and its potential pest or beneficial attributes are discussed.
Keywords: Salix, willows, willow sawfly, Nematus oligospilus.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2006) 21 (1) 43-44.