Scirtothrips perseae

Avocado thrips

Mark S. Hoddle, University of California – Riverside, Bugwood.org

  • Emerging insect pest causing large economic losses in California
  • Adults are straw coloured with dark lines across the abdomen
  • Causes bronzing along leaf veins or over entire leaves under severe infestation
  • Fruit are scarred with a characteristic ‘alligator skin’ appearance
  • Scars elongate as fruit develops causing lower quality fruit
  • Disseminated over long distances on infested avocado plant material

High priority pest of: Avocados

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

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol