Citrus Thrips

Citrus Thrips

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Common names:  Citrus Thrips

Scientific name:  Scirtothrips citri

Region:  This insect is found in the southwestern portion of the United States.

Life cycle:  These thrips produce numerous generations each yearA new generation emerges every two to three weeksIn some areas, overwintering occurs in the egg stageThe warmer areas see the thrips breed year round.

Physical Description:  This brownish orange insect is only 1/50 of an inch long and has a dark hood and margins on its abdomenIt has a similar species that is blackThe nymphs are a yellow-orange with red eyesThe eggs are kidney shaped.

Feeding characteristics:  This pest attacks citrus, date, grape, and peach plants by sucking the juices from plant tissueThey cause brown streaks on flowers and die prematurely, while fruit forms a circle around the blossom end.

Controls:  Controls are usually not necessary, they seldom are a serious threat. Predatory Mites, are a natural predators and can help to control populations. If they are a problem and damage is occurring, dust with Diatomaceous earth.

Also see Avocado Thrip

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