How to recognize Echinothrips 

Adult echinothrips are about 1-1.5 mm in size and have a dark colored body with light brown red rings around the body. Females are slightly larger than males. They have a narrow body and the wing base is pointy and whitely colored. The rest of the wings is translucent with dark ribbons in the middle. Legs are dark with light tips. Eggs are deposited inside leaf tissue and are barely visible from the outside. Larvae are translucent to white-yellow. Pupae are white and thicker than the larvae. 

Echinothrips americanus pupa
Echinothrips pupa
Echinothrips americanus adult
Echinothrips adult

Echinothrips damage and distribution 

Echinothrips is usually found on leaves or sometimes in flowers or on fruits. They prefer the underside of leaves, but adults can also be found on the upper side of the leaves. The thrips is usually found in the lower parts of the plant. Pupation happens on the leaf. Echinothrips feed by puncturing leaf cells, causing small and large gray spots on the leaf. In addition, small, dark droplets of excrements can be found on the leaf surface. In paprika also fruits can be damaged with silver gray spots. Usually Echinothrips damage occurs in late summer or fall.  

Life cycle Echinothrips

  • around 80 eggs per female
  • eggs deposited in plant tissue
  • pupation on leaf
  • development time 1-2 months
  • several generations per year

Host plants Echinothrips

  • polyphagous
  • Anthurium, Dieffenbacchia, Syngonium
  • Hibiscus, Euphorbia, rose
  • paprika
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