Print Fact SheetPodothrips lucasseni

Distinguishing features

Female macropterous; body and femora brown, tibiae and tarsi yellow; antennal segments III–VI yellow, VII–VIII light brown; fore wing pale. Antennae 8-segmented, segment III with 1 sense cone, IV with 2. Head longer than wide, cheeks convex and narrowed to base; postocular setae weakly capitate; maxillary stylets retracted to level of postocular setae, one third of head width apart, maxillary bridge well developed. Pronotum with antero-angular, epimeral and postero-angular setae capitate, remaining major setae scarcely larger than discal setae. Prosternal basantra about twice as long as wide; mesopresternum complete medially; metathoracic sternopleural sutures elongate. Metanotum without sculpture medially, median setae small. Fore tarsi with long curved tooth; fore tibiae with small tooth at inner apex, also a small, sub-apical, seta-bearing tubercle. Fore wing constricted medially, without duplicated cilia. Pelta broadly bell-shaped with separate pair of lateral lobes; tergites II–VII each with 2 pairs of sigmoid wing-retaining setae, on VII the posterior pair is small and straight; tergite IX S1 & S2 setae finely acute, as long as or longer than tube; tube shorter than head width, terminal setae elongate.
Male macropterous, similar to female; tergite IX setae S2 short and stout; sternite VIII without pore plate.

Related species

There are 30 species listed in the genus Podothrips. Most of these are from the Old World (Ritchie, 1974) particularly Australia (Mound & Minaei, 2007), with only four known from Central and South America (Mound & Marullo, 1996). P. lucasseni is unique within this genus in having the pelta divided into three sclerites. The genus Podothrips is closely related to Haplothrips, but species can be recognised by the elongate prosternal basantra. They can be distinguished from the species of Karnyothrips by the presence of a fore tibial tubercle.

Biological data

Predatory on Coccoidea, and associated with Poaceae, particularly with Saccharum and Oryza.

Distribution data

Originally from Asia, and widespread across Asia, from Pakistan to northern Australia, also Hawaii. Not known from North America, but likely to be taken in quarantine in California.

Family name


Species name

Podothrips lucasseni (Kruger)

Original name and synonyms

Phloeothrips lucasseni Kruger, 1890: 105
Kentronothrips hawaiiensis Moulton, 1928: 126
Podothrips oryzae Priesner, 1938: 72


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.

Ritchie JM (1974) A revision of the grass-living genus Podothrips (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae).  Journal of Entomology B 43: 261–282.