Thrips Insect Facts & Photos

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The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis, is a destructive pest of numerous greenhouse and nursery crops. It damages the leaves and flowers of the plants, and can carry diseases, such as the tomato spotted virus, which attacks many vegetables. The species is known worldwide Body length 0.04 inches (1-2 mm).

Thrips Insect Facts:

Common name: Thrips (thunder bugs)

Order: Thysanoptera

Class: Insecta

Subphylum: Hexapoda

Number of species: About 5,000 (700 US)

Size: From about 0.02 in (0.5 mm) to 0.6 in (15 mm)

Key features: Body long and slim; head with compound eyes and sucking mouthparts, antennae short; both fore-and hind wings, when present, are barlike with fringes of hairs; hind legs used for jumping; nymphs resemble adults, but are wingless

Habits: Many live on flowers and developing seed heads, some form in plant tissues; others live on fungi; may disperse in their millions on warm days

Breeding: Reproduce both sexually and by laying unfertilized males of many species fight each other for female

Diet: The majority are plant and fungus feeders, while a few are predaceous

Habitat: Forests, grassland, gardens, cultivated fields, orchards deserts, and semideserts

Distribution: Worldwide

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