Western flower thrips

Western flower thrips

Departments - Under the Microscope

If you’re growing under cover, monitor closely for Western flower thrips or face the possibility of major plant losses.

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June 2, 2022

Western flower thrips feed on hundreds of plant species, including weeds, grasses, fruit, vegetable, and field crops, and most ornamental plants, including propagation material. They have a single mandible they use to scrape and puncture plant tissue and feed on sap that seeps from the wounds. They also consume pollen and spend much of their time in flower heads, if available. In flowers, thrips feed on pollen and on the petals.

Source: NC State Extension