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Thrips of California 2012

Cephalothrips hesperus

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors, but see Cott, 1956: 31-33

Related and similar species

There are eight species listed under the genus Cephalothrips from around the world. Only C. hesperus has been described from North America, and this differs from the widespread C. monilicornis in having the eyes not prolonged on the ventral surface of the head. Whereas C. monilicornis is associated with grasses, C. hesperus has been taken in low numbers from various living and dead plants, and possibly should be placed in some other genus.

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Cephalothrips hesperus Hood

Original name and synonyms

  • Cephalothrips hesperus Hood, 1941: 197

Family placement

Phlaeothripidae, Phlaeothripinae

Biological data

Life history

Not known

Host plants

Beaten from various plants, living and dead

Tospoviruses vectored


Crop damage


Distribution data

Area of origin

Western USA