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Order Thysanoptera: the thrips — Examples

Tube-tailed thrip, Elaphrothrips tuberculatus
Tube-tailed thrip, possibly Elaphrothrips tuberculatus, subfamily Idolothripinae, family Phlaeothripidae.
□ This thrip is tiny, as seen at left. The closeups get a bit blurry with such a small insect, but they do show the light-colored “Y” in the center of the thrip’s back — this is the pair of very thin upper wings. Notice also the long, tube-shaped head. Males have beefier front legs than the female, and he uses the strong front legs as well as his abdomen in male-to-male combat. These are mating battles, with the winner gaining access to females. For more on the fighting behavior, click here. To see another closeup of the species Elaphrothrips tuberculatus, which gives a look at the antennae, click here (
Photographed by: Christian Moratin. Identified by: Location: Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA. Date: 19 March, 2021.
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