Differentiation of thrips (Thysanoptera) fauna on herbal plants in Warsaw region.
Thysanoptera species were collected from May to September 2004 in fields in Warsaw, Poland, with wrinkled giant hyssop (Agastache rugosa), catmint (Nepeta cataria), true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and marjoram (Origanum vulgare). The insects were collected using an entomological nets. Eleven species (Aelothrips intermedius, Chirothrips manicatus, Frankliniella intonsa, Limothrips denticornis, Thrips atratus, T. flavus, T. fuscipenis, T. major, T. origani, T. nigropilosus and T. tabaci) were collected. The following thrips dominated in samples collected directly from plants: Aelothrips intermedius (46.5%), Thrips tabaci (14.1%), Thrips fuscipennis (12.7%) and Thrips atratus (10.6%). The majority of the thrips were observed at the flowering period on all herb species and after flowering on catmint.