South African citrus thrips

South African citrus thrips

Photo by D. Vincenot,

  • Found in Africa
  • Thrips are just visible to the naked eye
  • Infests young growing buds
  • Infested leaves show silvering of surface and the presence of frass markings on fruit and leaves
  • Grey and black markings evident on fruits forming a ring around the apex
  • Spread with infested plant material

High priority pest of: Citrus

Scientific name: Scirtothrips aurantii
EPPRD Category: 3
Life Form: Thrips (THYSANOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol