Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis

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Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Laurence Mound, ANIC, CSIRO
Source: PaDIL

Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (Bouche 1833) - (black greenhouse thrips)

This thrips is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions as well as in greenhouses in temperate regions. It is a polyphagous pest, attacking crops like avocado, citrus, mango, tea, or citrus. On avocado, the thrips feeds on the leaves as well as the fruits, causing scarring of the surface. Although the damage does not effect the quality of the fruits, the harvest may be rejected by dealers, especially in case of export crops.

Adults are around 1-1½ mm long and initially yellowish becoming dark as they age, with light yellow legs and antennae. Reproduction is mainly by parthenogenesis and males are rare.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Gewächshausthrips
• English: black greenhouse thrips
• Español: trips de los invernaderos
• Français: thrips des serres

Thrips haemorrhoidalis