Print Fact SheetHaplothrips ruber

Distinguishing features

This species has not been studied by the present authors, but see Cott, 1956: 114-115.

Related species

H. ruber remains known from a single female, which has capitate postocular setae but is otherwise considered similar to H. halophilus. The genus Haplothrips is one of the three most species rich genera of Thysanoptera, and currently includes about 245 species worldwide (Mound & Minaei, 2007). These species are found mainly from Europe across the Old World, and only a few species come from southern South America (Mound & Zapater, 2003). Moreover, only 17 Haplothrips species are listed from Mexico and North America (Mound & Marullo, 1996), with six of these recorded from California (Hoddle et al. 2004). Little is known of the biology of the Californian species, although elsewhere the species of Haplothrips are associated particularly with the flowers of Poaceae and Asteraceae.

Biological data

Biology unknown, one female was collected from Azalea flowers.

Distribution data

Recorded only from California.

Family name


Species name

Haplothrips ruber (Moulton)

Original name and synonyms

Trichothrips ruber Moulton, 1911: 42


Hoddle M, Mound LA & Nakahara S (2004) Thysanoptera recorded from California, USA: a checklist. Florida Entomologist 87: 317–323.

Mound LA & Marullo R (1996) The Thrips of Central and South America: An Introduction. Memoirs on Entomology, International 6: 1–488.

Mound LA & Minaei K (2007) Australian insects of the Haplothrips lineage (Thysanoptera – Phlaeothripinae). Journal of Natural History 41: 2919–2978.

Mound LA & Zapater MC (2001)South American Haplothrips species (Thysanoptera, Phlaeothripidae), with a new species of biological control interest to Australia against weedy Heliotropium amplexicaule (Boraginaceae). Neotropical Entomology 32: 437–442.