Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body brown, tarsi yellow; antennal segment III light brown with pedicel yellow; fore wings light brown. Antennae 8-segmented; segment II with apical external margin prolonged into tooth, III–IV with forked sensorium. Head longer than wide, projecting in front of eyes; only 2 pairs of ocellar setae present, pair III anterolateral to triangle and scarcely longer than distance between two ocelli; postocular setae small. Pronotum with 1 pair of long posteroangular setae, posterior margin with 3 pairs of setae. Metanotum irregularly reticulate, campaniform sensilla present, median setae arise behind anterior margin. Meso- and metafurca without spinula. Fore wing first vein with 2 setae on distal half, second vein with about 9 setae. Tergites reticulate medially, paired campaniform sensilla close to posterior margin, craspedum not developed; tergite IX with 1 pair of stout thorn-like setae. Sternites II–VII with 12–16 discal setae, without craspeda.

Male not known in Australia.

Related and similar species

Females of the genus Limothrips are characterised by the presence of a pair of unusually stout setae on the ninth tergite. Eight species are listed in this European genus, although two are of doubtful validity. Three species are now widespread around the world in temperate areas, and all three have been found in southern areas of Australia. L. angulicornis is recognised by antennal segment II being prolonged into a lateral tooth.

Distribution data

General distribution

Europe, Israel, North America, Australia.

Australian distribution

Victoria, Western Australia.

Biological data

Life History

Feeding and breeding on leaves

Host plants

Grasses (Poaceae)

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Limothrips angulicornis Jablonowski

Original name and synonyms

  • Limothrips angulicornis Jablonowski, 1894: 45
  • Limothrips setariae Jones, 1912: 8


zur Strassen R. 2003. Die terebranten Thysanopteren Europas und des Mittelmeer-Gebietes. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands 74: 1-271.

Oz thrips taxa