Thrips Adult 5

John K. Saichuk, Meszaros, Anna  |  12/14/2011 11:48:58 PM

Thrips on a soybean leaf.

Thrips

Thrips can be often found in rice field on volunteer soybean. They will quickly run/hop when disturbed. Both larvae and adults feed on young rice plants.

Thrips injure plants by using a scraping mouthpart to macerate (tear) the leaf tissue, and then extract the plant liquids. This causes desiccation and would typically not be a problem, except for the dry, windy conditions.

The numbers of thrips in rice field are usually below level justifying insecticide treatment, but they may increase rapidly under favorable conditions.


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