Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Monitoring and identification of Thrips palmi Karny (Thysanoptera: Thripidae).

Abstract

A brief introduction is given to Thrips palmi, a horticultural pest recently introduced to Australia. Methods developed in the Northern Territory to trap Thripidae with blue sticky-board traps and water-tray traps for monitoring purposes and the techniques used for rapid preparation and identification are described. A brief description of specific characters which may be used to differentiate between T. palmi and 4 other closely related, economic species found in Australia (T. imaginis, T. tabaci, T. hawaiiensis and T. simplex) is provided.