Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Macropterous, strongly bicoloured, mainly brown with pronotum largely yellow; posterior of metathorax yellow, also abdominal tergite I; tergites IV–VI yellow with antecostal line dark; hind tibiae yellow, femora brown; fore wing banded with pale sub-basal area and extensive sub-apical area paler than dark apex. Head with occipital carina close to eyes; ocellar triangle transversely striate; ocellar setae III arise outside ocellar triangle; three pairs of postocular setae, median pair long; postoccipital area transversely striate/reticulate. Pronotum with anterior third transversely reticulate, blotch transversely striate with markings between main striae. Metanotum with linear reticulation, linear markings within the reticles. Tergite I medially with no craspedum, II–IV with short microtrichiate craspedum medially, longer on V–VI. Sternites with no discal microtrichia medially, posterior margins with small lobed craspedum bearing long microtrichia between each pair of marginal setae; sternite VII medially with neither median discal nor marginal microtrichia.

Male sternites without pore plates.

Related and similar species

Similarly lobed craspeda occur on the sternites of three other Australian species of Hydatothrips.

Distribution data

Coastal forests of eastern Australia

Biological data

Host plants

Parsonsia straminea (Apocynaceae)

Life history

Feeding and breeding on leaves of this vine

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Hydatothrips argenticinctus Girault

Original name and synonyms

  • Hydatothrips argenticinctus Girault, 1927

Oz thrips taxa