Pest Guides


Order Thysanoptera


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  • Adults 1 to 2mm, but some tropical species may be 10mm.
  • Adults vary in colour from yellow-brown to black. They are characterised by their slender bodies and frilly wings.


  • Eggs are laid singly by the female who inserts them into slits cut in a flower or leaf.
  • The emerging nymph resembles the adult but is smaller and paler in colour.
  • The lifecycle is complete within two to five weeks dependent on species and environmental conditions.


  • Thrips feed inside developing flower buds and in newly expanding leaves of plants. Damage is not seen until the deformed flowers / leaves expand.