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Chilli Thrips

Chilli Thrips - Invasive.orgScientific name: Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, 1919 (ITIS)

Common name: Chilli thrips, yellow tea thrips, castor thrips, Assam thrips, strawberry thrips, oriental tea thrips

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Native To: Southern Asia (Brown and Osbourne 2008)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in Hawaii in 1987 (APHIS 1994); first established population discovered in Florida in 2005 (Brown and Osbourne 2008)

Means of Introduction: Possibly through infested commodity shipments (Nietschke et al. 2008)

Impact: Attacks over 100 crops, including chilli peppers, tea, strawberries, and tomatoes, resulting in defoliation and crop loss (Brown and Osbourne 2008)

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Citrus Pests - Chilli thrips
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
See also: Citrus Resource

Featured Creatures - Chilli thrips
University of Florida. Entomology and Nematology Department.

Texas Invasives Database - Scriptothrips dorsalis

Invasive Species Compendium - Scirtothrips dorsalis
CAB International.

Data Sheets on Quarantine Pests - Scirtothrips dorsalis (PDF | 32 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.



Pest Alert: Chilli Thrips
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.


Scirtothrips dorsalis - Thrips of California
University of California. Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Chilli Thrips Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis): A Landscaper's Guide (PDF | 477 KB)
University of Florida. IFAS. Lee County Extension.


National Pest Alert: Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood (PDF | 1.00 MB)
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.


APHIS. 1994. NPAG Data: Scirtothrips dorsalis chilli (Assam) thrips. USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, Raleigh, NC.

Brown S.H. and L.S. Osbourne. 2008. Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis): A Landscaper's Guide (PDF | 477 KB). University of Florida. IFAS. Lee County Extension.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Scirtothrips dorsalis. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Nietschke, B.S., D.M. Borchert, R.D. Mabery and M.A. Ciomperlik. 2008. Climatological Potential for Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) Establishment in the United States (Mar 2008; PDF | 450 KB). Florida Entomological Society. Florida Entomologist.

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