Jewel beetles: innovative biocontrol option for Cats Claw Creeper

Cats Claw Creeper is an aggressive, climbing vine that threatens many natural areas in the Gold Coast region.

There are a number of control options available, one of them being the leaf mining jewel beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki). The beetles spend their entire lives on the Cats claw plants. The adults munch away at the leaves before laying their eggs on a fresh leaf. Once the larvae hatch they mine within the leave until it drops off the plant. The beetles are inactive in the winter months but they come to life in summer and get busy! Their breeding cycles are extremely fast (30-45 days) and we hope to achieve several this breeding season.

Interested in learning more or purchasing Jewel Beetles? Contact our team at [email protected]