This species has not been studied by the present authors, but is similar in structure to F. tritici.
F. insignis is very similar to, and is possibly the Western USA form of, the Eastern flower thrips, F. tritici. There are almost 240 species listed in the genus Frankliniella, with up to 130 further names placed into synonymy (Nakahara, 1997). This high rate of synonymy has been due to unrecognized variability in size and color of so many species. Scarcely ten of these species are native to parts of the world other than the Americas.
Nothing known, but presumably flower-living.
Known only from California and Arizona.
THRIPIDAE - THRIPINAE
Frankliniella insignis Moulton
Frankliniella insignis Moulton, 1936: 170
Frankliniella citri Moulton, 1936: 170
Nakahara S (1997) Annotated list of the Frankliniella species of the world (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Contributions on Entomology, International 2 (4): 355–389.