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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: