Aeolothripidae    

habitat
Flowers (Mound and Marullo, 1996), trees (Chiasson, 1986) or grasses (Mound and Marullo, 1996).

seasonality
Varies with species.

identification
Adult members of this family are usually dark brown and approximately 2.5mm long (Mound and Marullo, 1996). Antennae are 9 segmented, with segment 3 having either elongate, linear sensoria, or transversely linear sensoria on the distal portion of the segment (Mound and Kibby, 1998). Forewings are broad and usually have one or two dark transverse or longitudinal bands (Mound and Marullo, 1996). Abdominal sternite 8 is not well developed, and abdominal tergite 10 lacks a pair of trichobothria, or if present, the trichobothria are very small. Females have a well-developed, upturned ovipositor (Stannard, 1968).

life history
All adult aeolothripids have hooks on the fore-tarsi, which aid in breaking out of the cocoon following pupation (Stannard, 1968). Some species of aeolothripids mimic ants (Mound and Kibby, 1998).

conservation
Tend to be present in low numbers, or are absent, as plowing often destroys the them (Bailey, 1951).

diet info
Though some aeolothripids feed on pollen, most are facultatively predacious and feed on other insects including mites, aphids and thrips (Stannard, 1968).

range
Varies with species.

people
family page authorAsh, L.2002 
family page reviewerHeming, B. S.2002 

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=21927

 

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