|scientific name Leptothrips |
The body is mainly dark purple, the head is long and narrow, and the eyes bulge somewhat. The eyes of the females are prolonged posteriorly on the ventral surface of the head, and the antennae are 8 segmented with small sense cones. The maxillary stylets are far apart when they're retracted into the head. The lateral setae on the prothorax are small, and only one pair of posteroangular setae are well developed. The metanotum has strong longitudinal striations, and the fore tarsi lack teeth. Accessory fringe cilia are present on the forewings, which also narrow in the middle. The pelta is triangular, and in females, the fustis is not enlarged (Chiasson, 1986).
Predators of mites (Mound and Marullo, 1996).
Nearctic and Neotropical (Palmer et al, 1989).
Comments are published according to our submission guidelines. The EH Strickland Entomological Museum does not necessarily endorse the views expressed.