Photo 3. Scaring of capsicum fruit. The damage was done when the fruit was much younger and the thrips were enclosed in the flowers.
Photo 8. Adults and larvae of Cuban laurel thrips, Gynaikothrips ficorum, on Ficus. They puncture the leaf surface and pits develop.
Photo 9. Cuban laurel thrips, Gynaikothrips ficorum, on Ficus benjamina, with eggs, nymphs and adults.
Thrips are named after the plants that they live on, e.g., bean thrips, chilli thrips, western flower thrips, melon thrips, onion thrips, tobacco thrips. Some species are predators.
Thrips and Frankliniella species. A number of thrips have been identified on vegetables and flowers in Pacific island countries.
AUTHORS Suzanne Neave & Grahame Jackson
Photos 4-7 Mani Mua, SPC, Sigatoka Research Station, Fiji. Photo 10 Diane Alston, Utah State University, Bugwood.org. Photo 11 Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orius). It is not known if this insect is in Pacific island countries; it is given as an example of this type of bug.
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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