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Predatory Thrips (Aeolothrips [11 spp.])


Arthropoda > Insecta > Thysanoptera > Aeolothripidae


Aelothrips are flower-living facultative predators of small arthropods including mites and the larvae of other thrips; adults of most species typically have broad banded wings. Twenty-two species have been recorded in California, though many of these are known from just a few specimens; three of these species are nonnative and introduced into California from other parts of the world. Species known to occur in Southern California include: A. albicinctus, A. collaris, A. crucifer, A. duvali, A. fasciatus, A. fuscus, A. hartleyi, A. hesperus, A. kuwanaii, A. nasturtii, and A. vittipennis.

References:
1. Hoddle MS, Mound LA, Paris DL. 2012. Thrips of California. CBIT Publishing, Queensland.

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