Exotic thrips

South African citrus thrips

Damage caused by South African citrus thrips. Photo by D. Vincenot, Bugwood.org

  • Multiple species
  • Can seriously impact fruit quality, yield and market access
  • Are tiny (about 1 mm) with four wings and typically yellow/orange or greyish/black in colour
  • Can lead to brown scarring, curling and distortion of leaves, grey or brown scarring of fruit, premature flower and fruit drop
  • Spread by wind or via the movement of infected plants or plant material including fruit

High priority pest of: Citrus

Scientific name: Caliothrips, Frankliniella and Scirtothrips genera
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Thrips (THYSANOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol