Print Fact SheetChirothrips patruelis

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors. It is very similar in structure to C. falsus, apparently differing in having the submarginal line of sculpture on the sternites more strongly formed.

Related species

C. patruelis is closely related to the widespread species, C. falsus. Currently there are 42 species worldwide placed in the genus Chirothrips, and Nakahara & Foottit (2012) provided an account of the species from the Americas. The genus was treated in a much broader sense by zur Strassen (1960), whereas Bhatti (1990) created six new genera for several species. In particular, Arorathrips was erected for a group of New World species that have the mesothoracic endofurca reduced. 

Biological data

Each larva presumably develops within a single floret of a grass.

Distribution data

Widespread in USA, from California to New York, also Hawaii and Canada.

Family name


Species name

Chirothrips patruelis Hood 

Original name and synonyms

Chirothrips patruelis Hood, 1940: 550


Bhatti JS (1990) On some genera related to Chirothrips (Insecta: Terebrantia: Thripidae). Zoology (Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology) 2: 193–200.

Nakahara S & Foottit RG (2012) Review of Chirothrips and related genera (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) of the Americas, with one new genus and four new species. Zootaxa 3251: 1–29.

zur Strassen R (1960) Key to and catalogue of the known species of Chirothrips Haliday, 1836 (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Journal of the entomological Society of southern Africa 23: 144–176.