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Ficus hedge denizen - Gynaikothrips ficorum

Ficus hedge denizen - Gynaikothrips ficorum
Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
October 12, 2008
Size: 2 mm long approx.
This insect is causing a few leaves on my ficus hedge to turn yellow and curl around these specimens affording them some protection for their evil deeds.

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Looks like
Thysanoptera (Thrips) probably Phlaeothripidae (Tube-tailed Thrips)

 
Cuban laurel thrips
Pest of ornamental ficus. I just got my fig tree infested with these in the spring. The adults look like the dark one pictured above, the juveniles are pale.

Gynaikothrips ficorum

 
Yes, that is exactly what it
Yes, that is exactly what it looked under a jeweler's loupe. Thank you!

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