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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 (Seal et al. 2010); 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)

Current U.S. Distribution:


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

Pest Alert: Chili Thrips
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

Texas Invasives Database - Scriptothrips dorsalis

Invasive Species Compendium - Scirtothrips dorsalis
CAB International.

EPPO Global Database - Scirtothrips dorsalis
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

State Government

Pest Alert: Chilli Thrips (Oct 2005; PDF | 697 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests


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

EDIS - Chilli Thrips
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY463

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


Brown, S.H. and L.S. Osbourne. 2008. Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis): A Landscaper's Guide (PDF | 477 KB). University of Florida, IFAS Extension, 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 (PDF | 450 KB). Florida Entomologist 91(1):79-86.

Seal, D.R., W. Klassen, and V. Kumar. 2010. Biological parameters of Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on selected hosts. Environmental Entomology 39(5):1389-1398.

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