How to recognize orchid thrips 

Adult orchid thrips are yellow to lightbrown colored, 0.8mm to 1.3mm long and 0.15 mm wide. The female has relatively large red to purple eyes. Wings are light brown with two dark brown bands, one at the base and one halfway of the wings. The legs are lightly colored and antennae are light with dark bands. Young stages are lightyellow to lightorange colored and wingless. 

Orchid thrips damage and distribution 

Orchid thrips mainly occur on leaves and buds. This species is not very mobile and likes to hide under petioles or between leaves. Eggs are deposited inside the leaves. Young thrips will remain close to the hatching site and barely move to other places. This results in clusters of thrips. Adult thrips and young thrips feed on leaves and inside buds. Their feeding damage results in a kind of rust, orange-brown coloring. Damaged buds will show deformations. Orchid thrips mainly cause cosmetic damage. Virus transmission by this species is not recorded. 

Orchid thrips Chaetanaphothrips orchidii
Orchid thrips

Orchid thrips life cycle

  • around 100 eggs per female
  • development time 5-6 weeks
  • pupate in soil

Orchid thrips host plants

  • orchids
  • Anthurium
  • banana, citrus, avocado
  • other subtropical cultivars
Our products against

Orchid thrips

LIMONICA - Amblydromalus limonicus, roofmijt


Effective against
– Thrips
– Whitefly
– Tarsonemid mite


Effective against
– Many different thrips species

SWIRSKI MITE - Amblyseius swirskii, roofmijt


Effective against
– (False) spider mite
– Thrips 

– Whitefly

Common thrips species

Orchid thrips
Onion thrips
Greenhouse thrips
Palm thrips
Western flower thrips

Banded greenhouse thrips