Image Number: 1440121

Tobacco thrips may cause damage to tobacco, especially during dry years. These slender yellow-to-brown insects are about 1/25 inch long. Adults have four very narrow, featherlike wings. Adults and nymphs suck sap from the leaves producing gray to silver feeding marks primarily along the veins of the lower leaves. The leaves also become peppered with minute black spots. The underside of midribs may be damaged. Heavy infestations cause the foliage to turn yellow, as seen here.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Thysanoptera
Suborder: Terebrantia
Family: Thripidae
Subfamily: Thripinae
Genus: Frankliniella
Subject: Frankliniella fusca (Hinds, 1902)


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Friday, October 3, 2008