|scientific name Gynaikothrips |
In temperate regions, members of this genus occur only indoors on houseplants (Chiasson 1986).
The head is elongate, reticulate anteriorly grading to transverse striae posteriorly, the eyes are large and the ocelli are present on a raised portion of the head. The antennae are 8 segmented, and segment 3 has 1 sense cone while segment 4 has 3 sense cones. The apex of antennal segment 4 is not truncated. The postocular setae are never minute but they vary in size from small to large and the mouth cone is rounded. The maxillary stylets retract only halfway into the head, are quite slender, and are a good distance apart. The prothorax has irregular sculpture, the epimeral setae are well developed, and the epimeral sutures are incomplete in some species. The basantra is absent and the forewings are broad with parallel sides. The pelta is triangular (Chiasson 1986).
Often, species in this genus make leaf roll galls in the leaves of their host plant (Stannard 1957).
Introduced from the tropical regions of the world by the horticultural trade (Chiasson 1986).
Leaf feeders (Chiasson 1986).
Alberta (Chiasson 1986), cosmopolitan (Palmer et al 1989), though most of the 80 described species are in South East Asia (Mound and Marullo, 1996).
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