Print Fact SheetThrips graminae

Distinguishing features

This species is known only from a single female that has not been studied by the present authors.

Related species

T. graminae is stated to differ from T. konoi in having the metanotum reticulate medially, and in having the antennal segments uniformly brown (Nakahara, 1994: 62). The genus Thrips is the second largest genus in the Thysanoptera, and currently includes, worldwide, about 295 species. All members of the genus lack ocellar setae I on the head, and they all have ctenidia on tergite VIII posteromesad to the spiracles. Other characters, such as number of antennal segments, number of setae on the fore wing veins, and number of discal setae on the sternites are variable between species (Palmer, 1992; Mound & Masumoto, 2005).

Biological data

Nothing is known of the biology of this species.

Distribution data

Known only from California.

Family name


Species name

Thrips graminae Moulton

Original name and synonyms

Thrips graminae Moulton, 1936: 106


Mound LA & Masumoto M (2005) The genus Thrips (Thysanoptera, Thripidae) in Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand. Zootaxa 1020: 1–64.

Nakahara S (1994) The genus Thrips Linnaeus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) of the New World. United States Department of Agriculture. Technical Bulletin 1822: 1–183.

Palmer JM (1992) Thrips (Thysanoptera) from Pakistan to the Pacific: a review. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology Series 61 (1): 1–76.