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Thrips of California 2012

Bolothrips rachiphilus

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Both sexes wingless. Body legs and antennae dark brown; major setae pale. Head longer than wide, projecting slightly in front of eyes, cheeks convex; eyes angular with straight external margins, narrowed and prolonged ventrally; postocular setae bluntly pointed, longer than dorsal length of eye; maxillary stylets broad, not retracted as far as postocular setae, wide apart and V-shaped. Antennae 8-segmented; segment III with 2 sensoria, IV with 3 sensoria; segment VIII slender but broad at base. Pronotum with 4 pairs of softly pointed major setae, anteromarginals small; epimeral sutures complete; basantra small, ferna transverse, mesopresternum degenerate. Fore tarsi with no tooth. Metanotum transverse, with one pair of long setae. Pelta broad, posterior margin eroded medially in male; tergites without sigmoid wing-retaining setae; tergite IX setae finely acute, almost as long as tube. Large male with fore femora stout, fore tibia with small lobe at inner apex, and fore tarsal tooth large.

Related and similar species

The genus Bolothrips comprises 17 species worldwide, almost all Holarctic, with two species from South Africa, one from Tristan da Cunha, and four from North America, of which only one is known from California (Mound and Palmer, 1983). B. rhachiphilus is similar in appearance to B. pratensis Hood from Texas, but is uniformly dark brown instead of bicolored (Mound, 1974).

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Bolothrips rhachiphilus Cott

Original name and synonyms

  • Bolothrips rhachiphilus Cott, 1956: 181

Family placement

Phlaeothripidae, Idolothripinae

Biological data

Life history

Probably breeding at the base of grasses.

Host plants

Feeding by imbibing fungal spores.

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA