Pseudophilothrips ichini (weed bioagent)

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Pseudophilothrips ichini larvae (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): James P. Cuda, University of Florida
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Pseudophilothrips ichini (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): James P. Cuda, University of Florida
Source: IPM Images

Pseudophilothrips ichini (weed bioagent) (Hood, 1949) - (Brazilian peppertree thrips)

This thrips is found in Brazil on the Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius, a serious weed in south-eastern North America and in Hawaii. It is being studied as an agent for classical biological control in North America. However, the issue is complicated by the occurrence of several closely related species in Brazil.