Frankliniella frumenti, Moulton, 1948,

Cavalleri, Adriano & Mound, Laurence A., 2012, Toward the identification of Frankliniella species in Brazil (Thysanoptera, Thripidae), Zootaxa 3270, pp. 1-30: 7

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Frankliniella frumenti


frumenti Moulton, 1948 

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Placed in the intonsa group by Moulton (1948), this grass-living thrips was described from corn plants in Chile and subsequently recorded in Argentina by De Santis et al. (1980). As in bondari  , the head projects in front of the eyes and the major setae on the head and thorax are more slender than in the other common yellow Frankliniella  species. Males have large transverse and slightly curved pore plates on abdominal sternites III –VII. Based on comparisons with the original description and specimens in the collection at Canberra, Australia, this thrips is here recorded for the first time from Brazil. It has been found abundantly on Paspalum  and Eragrostis  flowers in southern areas, but one female has been studied from Pernambuco in the North East.

NEW RECORD. Brazil: Pernambuco, Petrolina, 1 female collected on grasses, 7.x. 2007 (K. Minoura); Rio Grande do Sul, São Francisco de Paula, 30 females, 12 males collected in grasses, 6.xii. 2009 (A. Cavalleri); Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, 8 females, 1 male collected in flowers of Paspalum urvillei  , 16.ii. 2010 (A. Cavalleri); same locality, 14 females collected in flowers of Eragrostis ciliaris  , 16.ii. 2010 (A. Cavalleri).


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