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Chilli Thrips on Blueberries in Florida

Oscar E. Liburd, Babu R. Panthi, and Douglas A. Phillips2

Chilli thrips, (Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood; Thysanoptera: Thripidae), is an economically important pest of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental crops throughout Asia, Africa, Ocea-nia, the Caribbean and some parts of South America and is an invasive pest in several US states (Figure 1) (Kumar et al. 2013). Chilli thrips were first observed in Florida in 1991 and again in 1994, with the first established population reported in October 2005 on roses in Palm Beach County.


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