Female aptera. Body and legs yellow, antennal segment VI shaded with brown. Antennae 6-segmented, VI twice as long as V, III–IV each with simple sensorium. Head longer than wide, without ocelli, without long setae. Pronotum weakly trapezoidal, without long setae. Meso and metanota transverse. Prosternal basantra with no setae; ferna almost continuous medially; meso and metafurca without spinula. Tarsi each 1-segmented. Tergites with number of discal setae variable 2–20; tergite IX posteromedian pair of setae short, about 0.2 times as long as lateral pair; tergites and sternites without craspedum; sternites with many discal setae.
Male aptera. Similar to female but smaller; sternites without pore plates; tergite IX with 2 pairs of stout thorn-like setae.
Five species are recognised in the European genus Aptinothrips. One of these, A. stylifer, is introduced to New Zealand, and is distingished by the 8-segmented antennae.
Widespread in temperate climates, including montane areas of tropical countries.
Widespread across southern States, including southern New South Wales.
Feeding and breeding on leaves.
Grasses, but apparently not Australian native Poaceae.
Aptinothrips rufus (Haliday)
Palmer JM. 1975. The grass-living genus Aptinothrips Haliday (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Journal of Entomology (B) 44: 175-188.