This is the largest family of Thysanoptera with almost 300 genera and about 2,000 species, many of them plant pests. The species have wings which are not crossing each other at rest. The antennae usually have 6-8 segments and an apical style of 1 or 2 segments. The 3rd and 4th segment bear sense-cones. The forewings are narrow with a pubescent surface. The females have a conical last abdominal segment and a saw-like ovipositor which is curved downwards.
The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Thripidae: