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Chilli Thrips

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

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)

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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)

Current U.S. Distribution:

Management Plans: Animals

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Scirtothrips dorsalis
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

A Biocontrol for a Wide-Ranging Thrips (Apr 28, 2009)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Controls

Scirtothrips dorsalis Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research

Chili Thrips
USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.
Photographs; Distribution; Special Note: Links to other sites

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State Government

Chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), A new pest thrips for Florida
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution

Assessment of Chili Thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, in Florida (2006; PDF | 538 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program.
Introduction History; Distribution

Pest: Chilli Thrips (PDF | 198 KB)
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Dispersion; Legal Aspects

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University/Academic

Scirtothrips dorsalis - Thrips of California
University of California. Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution

Chilli Thrips (castor thrips, Assam thrips, yellow tea thrips, strawberry thrips), Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, Provisional Management Guidelines
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Controls

Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis): A Landscaper's Guide (PDF | 477 KB)
University of Florida. IFAS. Lee County Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Chilli Thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood
University of Florida. IFAS. Mid-Florida Research and Education Center.
Photographs; Habitat

Professional Landscape Management Recommendations for Control of Chilli Thrips (Nov 2008)
Texas A&M University. AgriLIFE Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

A New Pest in Texas: Chilli Thrips (Dec 2007; PDF | 2.5 MB)
Texas A&M University. AgriLIFE Extension. East Texas Nursery and Greenhouse IPM Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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International

Oriental tea thrips
Pests and Diseases Image Library (Australia).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution

Scirtothrips dorsalis - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Data Sheets on Quarantine Pests: Scirtothrips dorsalis (PDF | 32 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: Bibliography

Scirtothrips aurantii, Scirtothrips citri, Scirtothrips dorsalis - EPPO Diagnostic Standards (Sep 2004; PDF | 263 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Illustrations; Impacts; Distribution

CSL Pest Risk Analysis for Scirtothrips dorsalis (2006; PDF | 78 KB)
DEFRA (United Kingdom). Central Science Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

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Organizations

Climatological Potential for Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) Establishment in the United States (Mar 2008; PDF | 450 KB)
Florida Entomological Society. Florida Entomologist.
Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Research

National Pest Alert: Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood (PDF | 1.00 MB)
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Distribution

Scriptothrips dorsalis
TexasInvasives.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Legal Aspects

Citations

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.

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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Last Modified: Apr 16, 2014
 
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