Eastern flower thrips

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Eastern flower thrips
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The prothorax of an Eastern flower thrips
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Thysanoptera
Family: Thripidae
Genus: Frankliniella
Species: Frankliniella tritici
Thrips tritici Fitch (1855)

Frankliniella varicorne Bagnall (1919)
Frankliniella fulvus Moulton (1936)
Frankliniella tritici f. clara Moulton (1948)

Frankliniella salicis Moulton (1948)

Eastern flower thrips (Frankliniella tritici) can be easily confused with onion thrips and other Frankliniella species, especially western flower thrips and Florida flower thrips.[1]

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Prefers feeding on flowers, but will also feed on leaves, fruits, and stems. Flowers damaged have a flecked or speckled appearance prior to premature browning and dying. Damaged foliage may appear silvery and/or have a twisted appearance. Tomatoes, grapes, blueberries, and green beans may have halo spots on leaves. Distorted or corky tissue appearance may occur on either green beans or fruits of pepper, nectarines, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. Mixed populations of western flower thrips, eastern flower thrips, and Florida flower thrips are common.[1]


Gallery[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]


  1. a b Hodges, A.; Ludwig, S.; Osborne, L. and Edwards, G.B. (2009). Pest Thrips of the United States: Field Identification Guide. orth Central Integrated Pest Management Center. Retrieved: 2011-02-10.