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Thysanoptera (thrips)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Paraneoptera > Condylognatha

A thrips on the petal of a daisy.

Thrips are small elongate insects with feathery wings, often found inside flowers. They can be plant suckers, pollen feeders, fungal feeders, predators of insects and mites and some are gall formers on plants.


  • Crespi, B.J., Carmean, D.A. & Chapman, T.W. 1997. Ecology and evolution of galling thrips and their allies. Annual Review of Entomology 42: 51-71.

  • Grové, T., Giliomee, J.H. & Pringle, K.L. 2001. Thrips (Thysanoptera) species associated with mango trees in South Africa. African Entomology 9: 153-162.


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