Present in the three main macadamia production regions (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal), B. distincta represents the most important pest on macadamia orchards in South Africa. Currently the utilisation of insecticide is the only solution against this pest, despite the development of resistance and the negative impact on the environment. For these reasons, FABI students Elisa Pal and Byron Sonnekus from the Macadamia Protection Program team lead by<p>Dr. Gerda Fourie are working on the development of alternative management options for B. distincta.