Photo 1. Warty scaring at the calyx end of the chilli fruit caused by Thrips palmi, while the fruit was still in the bud.
Photo 2. Faint lines of scaring down the chilli fruit from the calyx end caused by Thrips palmi, while the fruit was still in the bud.
Photo 4. Scars on the surface of an eggplant fruit due to feeding of thrips, Thrips palmi, when the fruit was young.
Thrips palmi (but note, no species of palms are host!).
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
Information from Waterhouse DF, Norris KR (1987) Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press. Photo 1 Guyot J, INRA, Pointe-a-Pitre, Bugwood.org. Photo 2 Plant Protection Service Archive, Plant Protection Service, Bugwood.org.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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