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Banded Thrips

Scientific Name
Aeolothrips fasciatus
Scientific Author
(Linnaeus, 1758)
(Thysanoptera: Aeolothripidae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
0 Unknown
NZ - Exotic
NZ - Exotic

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Diagnostic Notes

Body and legs brown; tarsi and median abdominal segments sometimes paler; antennal segment III yellow, narrowly dark at apex; forewing with 2 dark cross-bands alternating with clear areas; costal vein pale around pale areas of wing. Head and pronotum with no long setae; eyes prolonged posteriorly on ventral surface of head; maxillary palps 3-segmented. Antennae 9-segmented, III with linear sense cone near apex rather less than one third as long as segment, on IV about half length of segment; segment IV longer than V, segments VI-VIII short and almost sub-equal in length. Tarsi 2-segmented, fore tarsus with recurved hamus meeting apex of stout seta. Mesonotum with one pair of median setae. Metanotum reticulate medially, median setae near posterior margin of sclerite. Abdominal tergite I with few transverse striae; all tergites with discal setae small; tergite X with paired trichobothria absent or scarcely developed; sternites IV-VII each with 4 pairs of posteromarginal setae; sternite VII with 2 pairs of small supernumerary setae arising in front of marginal setae B1 and B2.


Antennal segment III almost fuscous rather than yellow, but abdominal segments III–V sometimes paler than II and VI; abdomen small, slender; tergite I with 2 longitudinal ridges; tergite IV and V sometimes with very small paired dorsal tubercles; setae at base of bifurcate claspers on tergite IX much longer than clasper, with no stout curved seta lateral to clasper.


Length of antennal segment V equal or subequal to that of segment IV; segments III-V elongate with numerous whorls of microthrichia-bearing annuli; segments VI and VII separate.


Antennae relatively long, projecting forward and laterally or relaxed dorsally over the head; wing pads present or absent.


Antennae reflexed dorsally over the head.


- Moritz, G., Morris, D.C. & Mound, L.A. (2001). ThripsID – Pest thrips of the world. An interactive identification and information system. CD-ROM. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

- Mound, L.A. & Walker, A.K. (1982). Terebrantia (Insecta: Thysanoptera). Fauna of New Zealand 1, 120 pp.

- Stehr, F.W. (1998). Immature Insects, Volume 2. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Iowa, 975 pp.

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15/09/2011 09:15 AEST
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Banded Thrips (Aeolothrips fasciatus) Updated on 5/7/2014 2:12:48 AM Available online: PaDIL -
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