Incidence and damage of Scirtothrips dorsalis in Mexican lime plantations in Colima, Mexico.
Colima is one of the main states in Mexico where Mexican lemon (Citrus aurantifolia (Christm) Swingle) is produced. Phytophagous thrips have become a primary pest in this crop because of the damage and economic losses they generate. Sampling in commercial plantations of C. aurantifolia indicated the presence of chili thrips or yellow tea thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), affecting foliage and fruit quality of Mexican lemons. This very polyphagous and invasive species has a high risk of becoming established in new agricultural areas; therefore, is necessary to avoid mobilization of infested plant material to limit its distribution, and develop management strategies.