Microcephalothrips abdominalis

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Microcephalothrips abdominalis female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Desley Tree, DEEDI
Source: PaDIL

Microcephalothrips abdominalis (D.L. Crawford, 1910) - (composite thrips)

This thrips is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions, as well as in warmer parts of temperate regions. For example, in Europe it has been reported from France, Hungary, Italy and parts of the Balkans. It is polyphagous and feeds on flowers, leaves and other plant parts. While it is beneficial as a pollinator, a high density of nymphs and adults can cause significant damage to some crops. More importantly, it is a vector of several plant viruses like the Tobacco streak virus.

Synonyms:
Thrips abdominalis