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Family Phlaeothripidae - Tube-tailed Thrips

Thrips with massive front legs Thrips Tube-tailed Thrips Tube-tailed Thrips - Family Phlaeothripidae - Neurothrips Clover (daisy) thrips - Haplothrips leucanthemi Thrips nymphal tube-tailed thrips Thrips
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Thysanoptera (Thrips)
Family Phlaeothripidae (Tube-tailed Thrips)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
the only member of the suborder Tubulifera(1)
Numbers
by far the largest thrips family, with ~350 spp. in 77 genera in our area(2) and 3500 spp. worldwide, arranged in 2 subfamilies(1)
Identification
Most species are larger and stouter than those in the suborder Terebrantia. Mostly dark brown or black, often with light-colored or mottled wings.
Range
worldwide; more diverse in tropical and subtropical areas; no species appears to be resident at high altitudes or in the subarctic/subantarctic regions(1)
Food
Most are spore feeders, some are predaceous on small insects and mites; others are plant feeders. Some may be of economic importance.
Remarks
Some species contain winged and micropterous (reduced wings) adults. e.g. Hoplothrips cunctans both sexes short-winged.
Print References
(3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.World Thysanoptera
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.