Print Fact SheetDendrothrips saltator

Distinguishing features

Both sexes fully winged. Body and legs yellow, antennal segments II and V–IX brown; fore wing grey. Antennae 8-segmented, segment VI without a transverse suture; segments III–IV each with a forked sense cone. Head with ocellar setae pair III scarcely 10 microns long; maxillary palps 2-segmented. Pronotum with one pair of prominent posteroangular setae. Metanotum with narrow elongate reticulation, median pair of setae small and arising medially. Metathoracic furca lyre-shaped, extending into mesothorax. Tarsi all 1-segmented. Fore wing apex bluntly rounded, antero-marginal cilia arising ventrally behind apparent margin, veinal setae minute, postero-marginal cilia straight. Abdominal tergites II–VIII median setae long and close together; lateral thirds of tergites with polygonal reticulations bearing fine internal sculpture lines; VIII with short postero-marginal comb of microtrichia. Sternites III–VII with three pairs of small postero-marginal setae.

Related species

There are about 55 species listed in the genus Dendrothrips, of which only four are known from Britain, and a further five from elsewhere in Europe. Most species in this genus are known from Africa, Asia and Australia. They all have the metathoracic furca elongate and "lyre-shaped", as do other members of the Dendrothripinae (Mound & Tree, 2016). However, in Dendrothrips species the fore wing is unusual with the  antero-marginal cilia arising ventrally and well-behind the apparent anterior margin. D. saltator is similar to eastopi in having a pair of short but conspicuous pronotal posteroangular setae, but has the tergal sculpture forming almost equiangular reticulations.

Biological data

Feeding and breeding on leaves, with adults recorded in Europe from a wide range of unrelated plants, including Abies [Pinaceae], Tamarix [Tamaricaceae], Anthriscus [Apiaceae] and Artemisia [Asteraceae]. In Britain, known only from Peucedanum officinale [Apiaceae].

Distribution data

Recorded in Britain only twice, and 79 years apart, but both times on the coast of Kent, first near Whitstable and then at Faversham (Bagnall, 1932; Collins, 2010b). This species is widespread in Europe with its range extending to Iran, Kashmir and Siberia (zur Strassen, 2003).

Species name

Dendrothrips saltator Uzel

Original name and synonyms

Dendrothrips saltatrix Uzel, 1895: 164
Anaphothrips angustipennis Reuter, 1901: 42
Dendrothrips peucedani Bagnall, 1932: 162
Dendrothrips saltator Uzel; Collins, 2010: 31


Bagnall RS (1932) On five new species of Thysanoptera from Great Britain. Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 18: 161–165.

Collins DW (2010b) A second British record of Dendrothrips saltator Uzel (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), after a gap of 79 years. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 23: 258.

Mound LA & Tree DJ (2016) Genera of the leaf-feeding Dendrothripinae (Thysanoptera, Thripidae), with new species from Australia and Sulawesi, Indonesia. Zootaxa 4109 (5): 569–582.

zur Strassen R (2003) Die terebranten Thysanopteren Europas und des Mittelmeer-Gebietes. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 74: 1–271.