A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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Thysanoptera - Thrips

Thrips are very small insects, typically between 0.5 and 2.0 mm long. Their bodies are generally long and slender, and may or may not have wings. When wings are present, they have a characteristically hairy fringe. Thrips may also be recognized by their unique asymmetrical sucking mouthparts, which look like a conical beak at the base of the head. Thrips use these mouthparts to feed on plants, fungal spores, or other small arthropods. They can be often found inside of flowers.

The Coal Oil Point Reserve collection contains three species of thrips.

Thrips Photos
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