Franklinothrips (genus - predators)
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Franklinothrips (predators) Back, 1912
This genus of predatory thrips is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions and includes around 20 species. The adults are ant-like in appearance and in behaviour. They have a dark brown colour with whitish parts, whereas the nymphs are mostly orange-red. Franklinothrips species are polyphagous, preying on small arthropods like mites or other thrips species (e.g. Arakaki & Okajima, 1998). Several species, like Franklinothrips vespiformis are of interest as biological control agents.
Type species: Franklinothrips vespiformis
Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: