Thysanoptera in Australia

Recognition data

Distinguishing features

Female macroptera. Body brown, tarsi paler, antennal segment III light brown with pedicel yellow; fore wings light brown. Antennae 8-segmented; III with external margin produced into a tooth, sensorium simple; sensorium forked on segment IV. Head longer than wide, distinctly projecting in front of eyes; with 2–3 pairs of ocellar setae, pair III anterolateral to ocellar triangle, 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 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 10 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 10–16 discal setae, without craspeda.

Male aptera. Head without ocelli; pterothorax transverse without wing buds; tergite IX with 2 pairs of small stout setae on tubercles, 1 pair medially, 1 longer pair laterally; sternites without pore plates.

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 with L. cerealium the most common. L. denticornis is recognisable by the external margin of antennal segment III being strongly prolonged laterally.

Distribution data

General distribution

Europe, North America, Australia.

Australian distribution

South Australia

Biological data

Life History

Feeding and breeding on leaves

Host plants

Grasses (Poaceae)

Taxonomic data

Current valid name

Limothrips denticornis Haliday

Original name and synonyms

  • Thrips (Limothrips) denticornis Haliday, 1836: 445
  • Thrips kollari Heeger, 1852: 484
  • Thrips (Limothrips) bidens Reuter, 1879: 212
  • Thrips secalina Lindeman, 1887: 301
  • Limothrips adustus Priesner, 1920: 52
  • Limothrips incertis Bagnall, 1926: 642


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

Oz thrips taxa