Random invasive species images that represents what NISIC does
USDA.gov NAL NISIC Sudden oak death Formosan subterranean termite Yellow star thistle Giant African snail Cactus moth Purple loosestrife
HomeAbout National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)News and EventscouncilHelpContact Us
 Search the National Invasive Species Information Center
Search all USDA
Advanced Search
Browse by Geography
United States
Browse by Subject
Aquatic Species
Economic Impacts
Laws and Regulations
Manager's Tool Kit
Resource Library
You are here: Home / Animals / Species Profiles / Chilli Thrips
Species Profiles

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

Click image to enlarge

Selected Resources

Native To: Southeast Asia (Kumar et al. 2014)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in Hawaii in 1987 (Seal et al. 2010); first established population discovered in Florida in 2005 (Kumar et al. 2014)

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

Impact: Attacks and causes significant damage to over 100 vegetable, ornamental, and fruit crops, particularly peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes (Nietschke et al. 2008)

Current U.S. Distribution:


Selected Resources:

Back to Top


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.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

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

Fact Sheets - Insects and Mites: Chilli Thrips
University of Massachusetts Extension. Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program.


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

Kumar, V., G. Kakkar, D.R. Seal, C.L. McKenzie, J. Colee, and L.S. Osborne. 2014. Temporal and spatial distribution of an invasive thrips species Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Crop Protection 55:80-90.

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.

Back to Top
Last Modified: Sep 03, 2018
Bookmark and Share
I Want To
    Read Recent News Articles
    Find Management Plans
    Locate Images
    Find Experts

More ...

    Species Profiles
    Discussion Groups
    Economic Impacts
    Educational Resources
    Image Galleries
    Frequently Asked Questions
    What You Can Do
Media Help
 To view PDF files, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® installed on your computer.

To view multimedia files, you must have Adobe® Flash® installed on your computer.

 NISIC Home | NAL Home | USDA | AgNIC | Agricultural Research Service | Web Policies and Important Links | Site Map
FOIA | Accessibility Statement| Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality | USA.gov | White House