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scientific name    Thripidae    

Varies with species, many of the species in this family inhabit flowers (Mound and Marullo, 1996).

Varies with species.

The body is approximately 0.5 to 2.5mm long, and the body colour varies from pale yellow or white, to dark brown. Antennae are 7 or 8 segmented, with forked sensoria on segments 3 and 4 (Mound and Marullo, 1996). Adults of many of the species in this family may be apterous, but when wings are present, the forewings are slender and somewhat pointed. Each forewing has two longitudinal veins, and each vein bears a row of setae (Mound and Marullo, 1996). The number of setae on the anterior wing vein is species specific and can be useful in differentiating between species (Heming). Abdominal sternite 8 is not well developed, and tergite 10 lacks a pair of trichobothria, or has a small pair (Mound and Kibby, 1998). The ovipositor is saw-like, and turned downwards (Mound and Marullo, 1996), though in some species such as Plesiothrips, the ovipositer is reduced (Heming).

life history
Varies with species.

Many of the species in this family are considered pest species (Mound and Marullo, 1996).

diet info
Most feed on leaf or flower tissue, though there is the occasional predacious species in this family as well (Mound and Marullo, 1996).

This family is found worldwide (Mound and Kibby, 1998).

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