Ms Caitlin Gevers
Zoology and Entomology
My research focus on the interesting life cycle of the gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa and its associated community. There are four wasps which appear to be associated with L. invasa, these include: Selitrichodes neseri and Quadrastichus mendeli which are known parasitoids of L. invasa and two Megastigmus species with unknown biologies and host preference. The aim of my research is to assess the spread of S. neseri and to determine the role the Megastigmus species play within this system.