|scientific name Phlaeothripinae |
May be found on leaves, flowers, dead branches, leaf litter, or leaf galls (Mound and Marullo 1996).
The maxillary stylets are narrow, about 2-3 microns broad through most of their length. In some species, antennal segments 7 and 8 are broadly joined. A glandular area is usually present on sternite 8 of males, and setae B2 on tergite 9 are short and stout (Mound and Marullo 1996).
There is great structural variation between species, and within many of the species in this group. Much of this variation within a species is associated with competition among males for females, or competition for resources (Moritz et al 2001).
Individual species may feed on leaves, fungal hyphae, flowers, or be predatory on scale insects or mites (Mound and Marullo 1996).
Worldwide (Palmer et al 1989).
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