Frankliniella (genus)

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Frankliniella fusca - macropterous and micropterous adult females (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Laurence Mound, ANIC, CSIRO
Source: PaDIL

Frankliniella Karny, 1910 - (flower thrips species)

This is a large genus of phytophagous thrips with more than 200 species, including a number of polyphagous and serious agricultural pests. Several species are also important vectors of plant viruses, mainly from the genus of tospoviruses.

The species can be recognized by the:
reduction of tergal setae pair II,
the position of the peg-like spines (ctenidia) on tergite VIII,
four long setae on the anterior margin of the pronotum,
the principal vein of the anterior wing with regularly spaced bristles from the base to the apex,
the antennae have 8 segments.

For a review of the vectors of tospoviruses see Riley et al., 2011

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: