Megalurothrips (genus)

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Megalurothrips sjostedti (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Laurence Mound, ANIC, CSIRO
Source: PaDIL

Megalurothrips Bagnall, 1915

This thrips genus contains more than 10 species which are widely distributed in tropical regions of the old world and are also found in Australia and part of the Pacific. Several species, e.g. Megalurothrips sjostedti, are considered to be important crop pests, attacking mainly the flowers of legumes like beans (bean flower thrips) and cowpeas.

The genus can be separated from closely related genera by the arrangement of setae on the forewings, the morphology of the antennae and fore legs as well as the abdominal sternite of the males.

Type species: Megalurothrips typicus

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