Identifying a Garden Pest: Thrips

The Backyard Jungle column helps you discover which insects are friend or foe. This issue is spent identifying a garden pest: thrips.



Backyard jungle pest thrips
The banded greenhouse thrips (Hercinothrips femoralis) is one of several species that feed on the foliage of garden plants.
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This romaine lettuce leaf has been stippled by thrips. The dark spots on the silverfish patches are thrips excrement.
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While considered undesirable by many American consumers, most thrips damage to fruit such as the dark ring around this navel orange is merely cosmetic.
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