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Denise Gillespie

Supervisor: Insect Rearing Unit
(Crop Biology Resource Centre)

BSc Hons (UKZN)


To manage the applied insect rearing aspects of the Insect Unit operation by ensuring the production and supply of high quality insects in the specialised, environmentally controlled multi-room insect rearing unit.

To develop new routine insect rearing methods and quality control procedures for all life stages of insects reared.

To provide training for staff members and act as a mentor in insect rearing techniques to post graduate and work experience students.


Insect rearing: hosts, natural enemies and alien weed biocontrol agents.

Insectary and insect rearing management.

Development and refinement of insect rearing techniques.

Key outcomes

Effective rearing of insects in a custom built insectary for sugarcane and other user pays projects.

Key Publications

CONLONG, D.E., GRAHAM, D.Y., HASTINGS, H. AND LESLIE, G.W. 1984. Rearing parasitoids and their hosts for the biological control of Eldana saccharina Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Proceedings of the South African Sugar Technologists Association 58: 159 – 164.

CARNEGIE, A.J.M., CONLONG, D.E. AND GRAHAM, D.Y., 1985. Recent introductions of parasitoids against Eldana saccharina Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Proceedings of the South African Sugar Technologists Association 59: 160 – 163.


CONLONG, D.E. AND GRAHAM, D.Y., 1988. A comparison of the known life histories of the bethylids Parasierolasp. and Goniozus natalensis Gordh collected in Uganda and southern Africa respectively. Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa 51: 143 -144.


GRAHAM, D.Y. AND CONLONG, D.E. 1988. Improved laboratory rearing of Eldana saccharina (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and its indigenous parasitoid Goniozus natalensis (Hymenoptera: Bethylidae). Proceedings of the South African Sugar Technologists Association 62: 116 – 119.


GILLESPIE, D.Y. 1993. Development of mass-rearing methods for the sugarcane borer Eldana saccharinaWalker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) II: Diet gelling agents. Proceedings of the South African Sugar Technologists Association 67: 127 – 130.


CONLONG, D.E., GILLESPIE, D.Y., DREW, K. KHOZA, E. AND BRUDVIG, R. 2009. Water weed biocontrol through high stocking rate releases of mass reared insect herbivores. Proceedings of the South African Sugar Technologists Association. Agricultural practical success stories.