Suborder Tubulifera

Terminal abdominal segment tubular in both sexes. 9 without an ovipositor. FW when present veinless or with a short median vein. Antennae with 4-8 (usually 8) segments.

TUBE-TAILED THRIPS Family Phloeothripidae Identification: By the characters of the suborder.

This is a large group, and its members vary in habits. Some are plant feeders and are often abundant on vegetation, some are predaceous, and many feed on fungus spores.

Lateral view of Thrips head
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