Both sexes fully winged. Body brown, head yellow at anterior; legs yellow, mid and hind femora brown; III–V largely yellow; fore wing with extensive pale area medially between two darker bands. Head reticulate with transverse occipital ridge; ocellar setae III on anterior margins of triangle; three pairs of postocular setae present. Pronotum with no long setae. Mesonotum reticulate on anterior half, lateral setae small. Metanotum reticulate medially, median setae arise medially. Tarsi all 2-segmented. Fore wing with two complete rows of setae, posteromarginal cilia wavy. Abdominal tergites weakly reticulate medially, median pair of setae small; posterior margins without a craspedum, VIII with comb of microtrichia laterally; tergite X with longitudinal split almost complete.
Male sternites III–VII with very small slender transverse pore plate.
There are eight species recognized in the genus Hercinothrips. Each of these is originally from Africa, but two of them are now widespread. H. bicintus is very similar to H. femoralis, but has the fore wings more extensively pale medially. Hercinothrips species all have 2-segmented tarsi, and both longitudinal veins on the forewing bear a complete row of setae.
Hercinothrips bicinctus (Bagnall)
Banded greenhouse thrips; Banana silvering thrips
Breeding on leaves.
Many different and unrelated plant species, including several crops.
Causing leaf damage to various plants, usually under glass, including bananas.
Widespread around the world in tropical and subtropical areas