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Diagnostic protocol for Poinsettia Thrips (Echniothrips americanus)

Published: Wed, 27 Mar 2013, 11:10
Last updated: Mon, 11 May 2015, 16:32
The Poinsettia Thrips, Echinothrips americanus Morgan, is a member of a small genus of Thripidae that is native to the warmer areas of eastern America. As a member of the family Thripidae, adults of this thrips have two pairs of slender wings that bear marginal fringes of long cilia. In contrast to most members of this family, the setae on the longitudinal veins on the front pair of wings are unusually long and prominent. The body is dark brown but, in contrast to the common Greenhouse Thrips that also has the head with reticulate sculpture, the internal pigment of the body is bright red, and the forewings have transverse light and dark coloured bands.
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Author/Editor name and address: Laurence Mound
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  • Diagnostic protocol
Submitted by: NPPO of Australia