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Cotton thrips

 Thrips: Thrips tabaci (Thirpidae:Thysaonoptera)


  • The adults are slender, yellowish brown, 1 mm long.
  • The tip of the abdomen is curved and abdominal segments are transversely banded with dark brown lines.
  • Males are wingless and females have a long narrow strap like wings, fringed with hairs.
  • Nymphs are smaller in size and blackish in colour.
  • The eggs are laid in slits in leaf tissues; eggs hatch in 5 days time, nymphal and pupal period lasts for 5 and 4-6 days, respectively.


Damage symptoms:

  • White streaks on leaves and complete drying of leaves

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