thrips as pests unique features classification host range

Scope of this work

Most of the economic losses and quarantine problems associated with thrips involve members of the family Thripidae. The work presented here is focussed therefore on about 100 species of this family (click on "species special" for species details), and thus includes those thrips that are most commonly found in association with crops plants around the world.

Distribution of flowers and plants in the Netherlands -
Aalsmeer flower auction

photo: G. Moritz
We have not included any Phlaeothripidae as only a few species in that diverse family are known to be pests, including Gynaikothrips species on Ficus and Piper in tropical countries, and Haplothrips species on cereal crops in Europe, and these have limited impact on world trade (photos: G. Moritz and Laurence Mound). photo: G. Moritz
photo: G. Moritz
The CD-ROM ThripsID (Moritz, Morris & Mound, 2001) provides an introduction and visual identification system to the families and a wider range of genera, and notes on this order of insects are given below under the heading Classification.
photo: G. Moritz
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