How to recognize palm thrips 

The body of adult palm thrips is light- to dark brown colored. The wings are light with a distinctive dark lateral band in the middle and a less distinctive dark lateral band further back on the wing. The lateral bands are the reason this thrips is also referred to as zebra thripsThe antennae are lightly colored. The larvae are somewhat transparent white. 

Palm thrips Parthenothrips dracaenae adults
Palm thrips adults
Palm thrips Parthenothrips dracaenae pupae
Palm thrips pupae

Palm thrips damage and distribution 

Palm thrips is usually found on leaves. Adults tend to prefer the upper side of the leaves, while larvae are often found in groups on the underside of the leaves. Both adults and young stages feed by puncturing plant cells and feeding on the content. This causes light silver-gray spots with dark dots, which are thrips feces. The spots often contain shedded skins of younger stages. Palm thrips is not known for transmitting viruses.  

Palm thrips life cycle

  • all stages reside on plant
  • young stages aggregate
  • parthenogenetic reproduction
  • males are rare
  • development time 35-40 days

Palm thrips host plants

  • ornamental plants
  • Ficus, Hedera
  • Schefflera, Dracaena
  • orchids
  • palms
Our products against

Palm 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