looking for information on biological control agents of Vespula wasps

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looking for information on biological control agents of Vespula wasps

I am looking for recent information on parasitoids/pathogens that attack Vespula wasps, and was hoping you could help.

We are at the very early stages of (re-)starting a biological control program against Vespula wasps in New Zealand (V. vulgaris and V. germanica).

I am trying to determine if there has been any recent (>2005) research on:

• parasitoids/pathogens that are being trialed for biological control, and

• field studies of Vespula, that may indicate possible parasitoids and/or their impacts on a colony

Any help is greatly appreciated

Regards
Darren Ward
Curator of Hymenoptera (NZAC), Invertebrate Ecology

Landcare Research, Private Bag 92170, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph 09-5744223, Fax 09-5744101, email: wardda@landcareresearch.co.nz