Eastern flower thrips
|Eastern flower thrips|
|The prothorax of an Eastern flower thrips|
|Thrips tritici Fitch (1855)
Frankliniella varicorne Bagnall (1919)
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.
- 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.