Known only from the Californian type series, and three females from New York that may not be the same species (Nakahara, 1994: 70); this species has not been studied by the present authors.
T. heraclei has been compared to several other North American members of the genus that have the body yellow (Nakahara, 1994: 69). 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).
Collected from Heracleum sphondylium and Angelica atropurpurea [Apiaceae], and presumably flower-living.
Described from California, but with one doubtful record from New York.
THRIPIDAE - THRIPINAE
Thrips heraclei Moulton
Thrips heraclei Moulton, 1926: 25
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