First record of the genus Haritalodes Warren, 1890 and H. derogata (Fabricius, 1775) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae) from Türkiye and its morphological and molecular identification

SEZEN K., GAYRETLİ AYDIN Z. G., Yildiz H. S., YILDIZ İ., Can F., Ghanbari S., ...More

Zootaxa, vol.5447, no.1, pp.124-132, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5447 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.11646/zootaxa.5447.1.8
  • Journal Name: Zootaxa
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.124-132
  • Keywords: Cotton leaf roller moth, First record, Haritalodes derogata, Hibiscus, Malvaceae, Molecular data, Türkiye
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The genus Haritalodes Warren, 1890 is represented by 12 species worldwide except in the Nearctic and Neotropical regions. Haritalodes derogata (Fabricius, 1775), commonly known as the cotton leaf roller moth, is the most widely distributed species of the genus and is common in the West Palaearctic Region. This species is one of the most serious pests of Malvaceae. The larvae primarily feed on the leaves, and severe population levels may lead to significant yield loss in the primary host, cotton. In a survey in 2023, the shrubs of the Hibiscus sp. were found to be infested by a group of larvae with a very dense population feeding on the leaves in Trabzon Province, Türkiye. The larvae were reared for pupation and adult emergence. Morphological identification according to male and female genitalia as well as sequencing of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase region I (COI) from larvae and adults revealed that the species is H. derogata. This is the first report of the genus Haritalodes and Haritalodes derogata in Türkiye.