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Frankliniella tritici
(eastern flower thrips)



Frankliniella tritici (eastern flower thrips)


  • Last modified
  • 25 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Frankliniella tritici
  • Preferred Common Name
  • eastern flower thrips
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Frankliniella tritici (Fitch)

Preferred Common Name

  • eastern flower thrips

Other Scientific Names

  • Euthrips tritici (Fitch)
  • Frankliniella californica Moulton
  • Thrips tritici

International Common Names

  • English: common flower thrips; flower thrips; peach flower thrips; strawberry thrips; wheat flower thrips; wheat thrips
  • Spanish: trips de los citrus (Arg)
  • French: thrips des fleurs

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Blasenfuss, Amerikanischer Weizen-

EPPO code

  • FRANTR (Frankliniella tritici)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Thysanoptera
  •                         Family: Thripidae
  •                             Genus: Frankliniella
  •                                 Species: Frankliniella tritici

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020

Growth Stages

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Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Aeolothrips intermedius Predator
Dolichosoma lineare Predator
Malachius marginellus Predator
Malachius viridis Predator
Neoseiulus cucumeris Predator
Orius insidiosus Predator
Paratinus femoralis Predator


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Weiss MJ; Beshear RJ, 1987. Seasonal distribution of the flower thrips (Frankliniella tritici) (Fitch) and onion thrips (Thrips tabaci Lindeman) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on safflower in eastern Montana. Canadian Entomologist, 119(4):399-401

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