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scientific name    Limothrips    

Grasses (Chiasson, 1986).


The head is longer than wide and prolonged in front of the eyes. Interocellar setae are small. Ocelli are present in macropterous individuals, but absent in apterous individuals. Antennae are 8 segmented, with simple or forked sense cones on antennal segments 3 and 4. Maxillary palps are 2 segmented. The prothroax has only one pair of epimeral setae, and the mesospinasternum is separated from the metasturnum by a suture. Males are apterous, and females are macropterous. The forewings of the females have 2 longitudinal veins; the fore vein is covered with interrupted setae, and the hind vein is evenly covered. Median setae on the abdominal segments are set far apart, and abdominal sternites have accessory setae. Abdominal segments 8 to 10 often have thickened setae on them (Stannard, 1968). Tergite 10 has a pair of stout setae (Mound and Kibby, 1998). Males often have small, circular glandular areas on abdominal sternites 3 to 7 (Stannard, 1968).

life history
All species in this genus breed only in Poaceae (Mound et al., 1976).

There are only 5 species currently recognized in this genus (Chiasson, 1986).

diet info

Found in many of the temperate regions of the world (Mound et al., 1976).

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