Suborder Terebrantia

Terminal abdominal segment conical in 9, rather broadly rounded in d\ $ nearly always with an ovipositor. FW, when present, with 2 longitudinal veins. Antennae 6- to 9-segmented.

BANDED THRIPS Family Aeolothripidae Not illus.

Identification: Bicolored or dark. Wings usually dark, banded or longitudinally striped; FW relatively broad, rounded apically. Ovipositor upcurved. Antennae 9-segmented. Body not flattened.

Most banded thrips, especially larvae, feed on small insects and mites. They are sometimes common on flowers.

MEROTHRIPIDS Family Merothripidae Not illus.

Identification: Ovipositor curved downward, often reduced. Pronotum with a dorsal longitudinal suture on each side. FW if present narrow, pointed. Front and hind femora thickened.

This is a small group, and the only common species is one occurring in the East in fungi and debris or under bark.

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