Turkish Journal of Zoology




Anatrachyntis badia (Hodges, 1962) (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae) is an opportunistic species native to the southern part of North America. This species was given from several dozens of plants therein from many cultivable plants, such as limes, grapefruits, bananas, peaches, cabbage, blossoms of coconut, Cycas spp., and even pine cones. Thus, it was accidentally introduced to many other countries with appropriate climate with some plants. It can be considered as a plant pest in some cases (e.g., sorghum). The species quite often occurs conjointly with other pest insects, such as mealybug or honeydew moth Cryptoblabes gnidiella (Milliere, 1867) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). This paper presents the first report of this North American species from Turkey and a case of its importation to Poland by pomegranates deriving from Spain and Turkey. The mentioned data simultaneously constitute the first records about the species in Poland.


Alien species, introduction, pest, pomegranate, first record, Poland, Turkey, Spain

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