This species has not been studied by the present authors. It was described from three females taken at Sonora Pass, California, and the fore wing is illustrated (Bailey, 1951: 75) as having one complete transverse dark band sub-basally, and a second incomplete transverse band sub-apically.
The fore wing pattern of A. montanus is apparently similar to that of A. interruptus Bailey, described on two females from Utah. About 105 species are placed currently in the genus Aeolothrips. Most of these are from the Palaearctic Region (including the Mediterranean, Iran and northern India, but with five species extending through eastern Africa to South Africa), with about 30 species from the Nearctic (mainly western USA). Only one species of this genus is known from the Neotropics, A. fasciatipennis described from Chile, but Mound & Marullo (1996) indicate this is probably the same as A. fasciatus.
Possibly flower living and predatory on other small arthropods.
Aeolothrips montanus Bailey
Aeolothrips montanus Bailey, 1951: 62
Bailey SF (1951) The genus Aeolothrips Haliday in North America. Hilgardia 21: 43–80.
Mound LA & Marullo R (1996) The Thrips of Central and South America: An Introduction. Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1–488.