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Insects Associated With The Faecal Pellets Of The Koala, Phascolarctos Cinereus Goldfuss

A. MELZER I , M.A. SCHNEIDER2 and D. LAMB1

Department of Botany, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072.

Department of Entomology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072.

ABSTRACT

Faecal pellets of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus Goldfuss) near Springsure were collected to deterrnine the insects responsible for observed damage and decomposition. A beetle, Ptinus sp. (Anobiidae), and two moths, Argyrotoxa pompica Tumer (Tortricidae) and Blastobasis sp. (Blastobasidae), were bred from the pellets. Four species of parasitic wasps, Pycnobracon sp., Choeras sp. (Braconidae), Diaulomorpha sp. (Eulophidae) and a pteromalid (Pteromalinae) were also recovered.