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The Invasive Horse-Chestnut Leaf Miner Cameraria ohridella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in the Southern Russia: Preliminary Molecular Genetic Characterization
* 1, 2 , 3, 4 , 5 , 3 , 4 , 4
1  Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2  Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
3  Federal Research Centre the Subtropical Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sochi, Russia
4  Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
5  All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center, Krasnoyarsk branch, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Academic Editor: Dimitrios Avtzis


The horse-chestnut leaf miner Cameraria ohridella is a micromoth that in the last few decades invaded most of the European continent becoming a notorious ornamental pest. This species was also recorded in the European part of Russia, including the southern regions, where it causes impressive damage affecting health of its host plant, horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum. Our preliminary molecular genetic study based on the analysis of the gene COI mtDNA in a few individuals sampled in Moscow and the southern Russian (in the Republics of Crimea and Adygea) indicates the presence of one haplotype, widely distributed across Europe.

Keywords: alien micromoth; distribution; Russia; southern regions; DNA barcoding