Frankliniella insularis, Franklin, 1908,

Cavalleri, Adriano & Mound, Laurence A., 2012, Toward the identification of Frankliniella species in Brazil (Thysanoptera, Thripidae), Zootaxa 3270, pp. 1-30: 10

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Frankliniella insularis


insularis (Franklin, 1908) 

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Described in the genus Euthrips  , this species is widespread from South and Central America into the southern USA. In Brazil, this thrips is commonly found breeding on Hibiscus rosa-sinensis  ( Malvaceae  ) flowers. Females have mid and hind tibiae uniformly brown, contrasting to the yellow tarsi. Antennal segments III –IV are long and constricted apically, forming a distinctive neck. The posteromarginal comb on tergite VIII is usually shortly interrupted medially, lacking a few teeth. Males have the mid and hind tibiae largely yellow, and abdominal sternites III –VII each bear a large transverse pore plate.