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Frankliniella occidentalis (western flower thrips)

Synonyms: Frankliniella conspicua; Frankliniella nubila

Wikipedia Abstract

The western flower thrips [Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande)] is an important pest insect in agriculture. This species of thrips is native to the Southwestern United States but has spread to other continents, including Europe, Australia (where it was identified in May 1993), and South America via transport of infested plant material. It has been documented to feed on over 500 different species of host plants, including a large number of fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops.
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Prey / Diet

Capsicum annuum (cayenne pepper)[1]
Pinus edulis (Colorado pinyon)[2]
Prunus domestica (plum)[1]
Prunus persica (peach)[1]
Solanum lycopersicum (Currant Tomato)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Aphelocoma californica (Western Scrub-Jay)1
Aphelocoma ultramarina (Mexican Jay)1
Cyanocitta stelleri (Steller's Jay)1
Ernobius montanus1
Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus (Pinyon Jay)1
Nucifraga columbiana (Clark's Nutcracker)1
Otospermophilus variegatus (rock squirrel)1
Peromyscus boylii (brush mouse)1
Peromyscus truei (pinyon mouse)1
Sciurus aberti (Abert's squirrel)1
Tamias cinereicollis (gray-collared chipmunk)1
Tamias panamintinus (panamint chipmunk)1
Tamias rufus (Hopi chipmunk)1


Franklinothrips vespiformis (vespiform thrips)[3]


Africa; Australia; Caribbean; Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); Middle America; North America; Oceania; South America; Southern Asia;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics. 2Negron, Jose F. 1995. Cone and Seed Insects Associated with Piñon Pine. In: Shaw, Douglas W.; Aldon, Earl F.; LoSapio, Carol, technical coordinators. Desired future conditions for piñon- juniper ecosystems: Proceedings of the symposium; 1994 August 8-12; Flagstaff, AZ. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-258. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 97-106. 3Franklinothrips vespiformis Crawford (Insecta: Thysanoptera: Aeolothripidae), Runqian Mao, Yingfang Xiao, and Steven P. Arthurs, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florid, March 2015
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