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First report of the poplar leaf miner, Phyllonorycter populifoliella (Treitschke) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) from India

Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi-110012, India
Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), DRDO C/O 56 APO, India
Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi-110012, India
Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi-110012, India
Sukachev Institute of Forest, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Federal Research Center «Krasnoyarsk Science Center SB RAS», Krasnoyarsk, 660036, Russia Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, 660041, Russia
Lepidoptera Novel distributional record leaf-mining micromoth Populus Ladakh DNA-barcoding

Abstract

Here we report about the discovery of the poplar leaf miner, Phyllonorycter populifoliella (Treitschke) in India. The mines of this micromoth were found in noticeable density on the leaves of poplar, Populus sp. (Salicaceae) in the northern mountainous region Ladakh in 2017–2018. We provide short morphological diagnosis, describe bionomics and analyze molecular data of Ph. populifoliella from India comparing sequences with those from other countries in Eurasia where the species is known as native. We also illustrate male and female genitalia, an adult of the moth, the leaf mines and the infestation plot in Ladakh, and discuss the occurrence of the species in the country.

 

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