Thrips simplex

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Thrips simplex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Thysanoptera
Family: Thripidae
Subfamily: Thripinae
Genus: Thrips
Species:T. simplex
Binomial name
Thrips simplex
Morison, 1930

Thrips simplex is a species of insect in the genus Thrips in the order Thysanoptera. It is commonly known as the gladiolus thrips and infests gladiolus plants as well as various other monocotyledonous plants such as lilies, irises and freesias.

In biology, a species ( ) is the basic unit of classification and a taxonomic rank of an organism, as well as a unit of biodiversity. A species is often defined as the largest group of organisms in which any two individuals of the appropriate sexes or mating types can produce fertile offspring, typically by sexual reproduction. Other ways of defining species include their karyotype, DNA sequence, morphology, behaviour or ecological niche. In addition, paleontologists use the concept of the chronospecies since fossil reproduction cannot be examined. While these definitions may seem adequate, when looked at more closely they represent problematic species concepts. For example, the boundaries between closely related species become unclear with hybridisation, in a species complex of hundreds of similar microspecies, and in a ring species. Also, among organisms that reproduce only asexually, the concept of a reproductive species breaks down, and each clone is potentially a microspecies.

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<i>Thrips</i> (genus) genus of insects

Thrips is a genus of thrips.



Thrips simplex is a tiny insect, measuring 2 mm (0.08 in) long, with a long slender brownish-black body with a pale band at the base of the wings. The larvae are wingless and yellow or orange. These thrips live hidden inside the leaf and flower sheaths of their host plants where they suck sap, usually occurring in groups. [1] [2] Females may lay about one hundred eggs over the course of a few months and there may be two or three generations each year. The eggs are laid on or in the plant tissues and the larvae suck sap. After two larval stages they develop into non-feeding prepupae and may drop off onto the soil. After a brief pupal stage they become winged adults. [1]


The gladiolus thrips feeds on gladiolus, lily, freesia, crocus and iris, but damage is mostly limited to the gladiolus. [3] The thrips can remain inside the corms of gladiolus over winter, causing them to ooze sap from the wounds, turn brown and sticky. These corms are the main source of infestation in growing plants the following year; the emerging leaves are tunnelled and appear silvery at first, turning brown later. Heavy infestation can cause poor plant growth and the plant may fail to flower. When the thrips tunnel into the flowers, these can be scarred and distorted. [3] Other damage may be brown buds, discoloured or streaked blooms, and bleached or distorted flower spikes. [3]

<i>Gladiolus</i> genus of plants

Gladiolus is a genus of perennial cormous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae).

<i>Lilium</i> genus of plants

Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics. Many other plants have "lily" in their common name but are not related to true lilies.

<i>Freesia</i> genus of plants

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The gladiolus thrips cannot survive in the soil in winter in areas where there are frosts and will also be killed if gladiolus corms are lifted and stored between 35 and 40 °F (2 and 4 °C) for four months. [2]

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  1. 1 2 "Gladiolus thrips". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. 1 2 Dreistadt, Steve H. (2001). Integrated Pest Management for Floriculture and Nurseries. UCANR Publications. p. 328. ISBN   978-1-879906-46-4.
  3. 1 2 3 Cranshaw, Whitney (2015). Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs. Princeton University Press. p. 388. ISBN   978-1-4008-6678-6.