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The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the assistance, encouragement and support rendered by the below mentioned specialists in various capacities during this project and for the development of this identificaiton tool.


Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister (Director General, icipe) for his steadfast support during the implementation of Thrips IPM program activities in icipe and during the development of this identification tool.

Prof. Dr. Laurence A Mound (Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia) for his constant encouragement, constructive criticism and valuable inputs throughout this project. We would like to especially acknowledge his valuable inputs and experience for confirming the identity of some of the thrips specimens.

Dr. Richard zur Strassen (Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and Ms. Andrea Hastenpflug-Vesmanis for help with special literature and numerous thrips slides of the Senckenberg collection.

Dr. Fabian Haas (Head of Biosystematics Units, icipe) Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) supported Biosystematics expert for his valuable inputs towards the development of thrips identification tool. His noteworthy contributions include establishing networks with taxonomist for accessing information on some of the type specimens of thrips parasitoids and excellent photographs of live thrips and their parasitoids.

Mr. Klaus Mithöfer (GIS expert, icipe) Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) supported Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert for sharing his expertise in GIS and spatial data for mapping the species data using GIS and web mapping tools which were very useful for the developing the maps included in this resource.

Dr. Monicah Waiganjo (Deputy Centre Director, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Thika) for her support during the implementation of Thrips IPM program, student supervision, conduct of field experiments and for her contribution to the thrips survey and collection.

Dr. Peter Sseruwagi (Plant virologist and Head of Horticultural Program, NaCRRI, Uganda), NaCRRI, Namulonge, Uganda for his participation in the survey activities in Uganda as a partner of the Thrips IPM program.

Mr. Samuel Muchemi (Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS), Kenya) for his contribution to the thrips collection in Kenya.

Mr. Bernard Muia Musembi (Senior Technical Assistant, icipe) for his assistance to the project scientists and students during field surveys and also to establish the thrips specimen collection at icipe.

Ms. Catherine Awuoche (Technical Assistant, icipe) for her assistance to the project scientists and students in the laboratory activities.

Ms. Angelika Steller (Technical Assistant, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) for her assistance towards preparation of thrips specimens.

Mr. Alex Myamba (Technical assistant, NaCRRI, Uganda) for his participation in the field survey activities in Uganda

Ms. Peris Kariuki (Technical Assistant, icipe) for her assistance to the project scientists and students in the laboratory activities.


Students of the Thrips IPM program, icipe

(from far left to right: Ms. Birithia, Mr. Safan Aduda, Mr. Alex Muvea, Dr. Johnson Nyasani, Dr. Saliou Niassy) for all their contributions as and when required during the development of this information resource.

We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Drs. Gavin Broad and Suzanne Ryder, Collection Manager, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, and Paul A. Brown, Dept. Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London; Drs. Gary Gibson and John Huber, Scientists, Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for providing pictures of type specimens of thrips parasitoids.

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development

The authors with profound gratitude would like to acknowledge the financial assistance and support by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany) through GIZ (project no. 07.7860.5-001.00) towards the development of this user-friendly identification and information tool for pest thrips and their natural enemies in East Africa.


Thanks to the QBIT team members and the group leader Matt Taylor for his support and help over many years of key development and publication of pest thrips around the world.

Web links

BMNH, Universal Chalcidoidea Database
UC Riverside - Key to the Nearctic genera of Eulophidae
Mound´s Thysanoptera pages
Thysanoptera Checklist
ICIPE Thrips survey sites
UNI Halle & Thrips sites
Thrips of California
Chalcid wasps (Chalcidoidea):An illustrated glossary of positional and morphological terms
Assembling the Tree of Life - Hymenopera Glossary