Both sexes fully winged. Body, antennae and legs light brown, with tergal antecostal ridges darkest; fore wing weakly shaded. Antennae 6-segmented, segments III & IV each with small forked sense cone. Head wider than long, with lines of sculpture between ocelli; three pairs of ocellar setae present, pair III close together within ocellar triangle. Pronotum with transverse lines of sculpture widely spaced, one pair of prominent posteroangular setae. Mesonotal median setae arise well in front of posterior pair. Metanotum reticulate, median setae near anterior margin. Fore wing first vein distal half with 3 setae, second vein with 4 widely spaced setae. Abdominal tergites with no sculpture medially, closely spaced rows of microtrichia on lateral thirds; tergites II–VI median setae widely spaced, on VIII longer than distance between their bases; tergite VIII with long posteromarginal comb of microtrichia.
Male smaller; abdominal tergite IX with pair of long dark drepanae laterally extending beyond abdominal apex.
Only one species is placed in the genus Drepanothrips. This is similar in structure and biology to the species of Scirtothrips despite having the terminal three antennal segments fused into one large segment.
Breeding on and causing damage to leaves of Vitis vinifera [Vitaceae], but also breeding on Quercus robur [Fagaceae], Betula and Corylus [Betulaceae].
Probably originally from southern Europe, but recorded widely across Europe, also from California, Chile and Illinois.
THRIPIDAE - THRIPINAE
Drepanothrips reuteri Uzel
Drepanothrips reuteri Uzel, 1895: 213
Thrips betulicola Reuter, 1901: 59
Drepanothrips viticola Mokrzecki, 1901: 12
zur Strassen R (2003) Die terebranten Thysanopteren Europas und des Mittelmeer-Gebietes. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 74: 1–271.