Megalurothrips usitatus

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Megalurothrips usitatus on bean flower (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Ko Ko Maung
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Megalurothrips usitatus (Bagnall 1913)

This thrips feeds on the flowers of legumes and other crops in Asia, Australia and some parts of the Pacific. During outbreaks, more than 100 thrips may be present in a single flower. The damage results in deformations and necrosis of the fruits, as well as in substantial yield losses and a reduction of the market value of the crops. The development from egg, through 1st, 2nd instars, prepupae and pupae to adult typically lasts less than 2 weeks.

Synonyms:
Megalurothrips nigricornis
Frankliniella nigricornis