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Thrips angusticeps
(field thrips)



Thrips angusticeps (field thrips)


  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Thrips angusticeps
  • Preferred Common Name
  • field thrips
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Thrips angusticeps Uzel, 1895

Preferred Common Name

  • field thrips

International Common Names

  • English: cabbage thrips
  • French: thrips du lin et des céréales

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: kalthrips
  • Finland: peltoripsiaeinen
  • Germany: Frühjahrs-Ackerblasenfuß; Kohlrüben-Blasenfuß
  • Netherlands: vroege akkertrips
  • Sweden: åkertrips

EPPO code

  • THRIAN (Thrips angusticeps)

Taxonomic Tree

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

Distribution Table

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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: 23 Apr 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


EgyptPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
LibyaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
MoroccoPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
TunisiaPresentJenser (1982)


AzerbaijanPresentEPPO (2020)
GeorgiaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
IranPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
IsraelPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
TurkeyPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)


AustriaPresentEPPO (2020)
BelgiumPresentEPPO (2020)
BulgariaPresentEPPO (2020)
CyprusPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
CzechiaPresentEPPO (2020)
CzechoslovakiaPresentEPPO (2014)
DenmarkPresentBjorn (1995)
FinlandPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
FrancePresentBONNEMAISON and BOUR NlER (1964); EPPO (2020)
GermanyPresentEPPO (2020)
GreecePresentEPPO (2020)
HungaryPresentCzencz (1985); EPPO (2020)
ItalyPresentEPPO (2020)
NetherlandsPresentEPPO (2020)
PolandPresentEPPO (2020)
PortugalPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
-MadeiraPresentEPPO (2020)
RomaniaPresentEPPO (2020)
RussiaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
-Russia (Europe)PresentEPPO (2020)
SerbiaPresentEPPO (2020)
Serbia and MontenegroPresentEPPO (2020)
SpainPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
-Canary IslandsPresentEPPO (2020)
SwedenPresentEPPO (2020)
SwitzerlandPresentEPPO (2020)
UkrainePresentEPPO (2020)
United KingdomPresentMound et al. (1976); EPPO (2020)

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / external feeding
Growing point / external feeding
Inflorescence / blight; necrosis
Inflorescence / external feeding
Inflorescence / fall or shedding
Leaves / abnormal colours
Leaves / abnormal forms
Leaves / abnormal leaf fall
Leaves / external feeding
Leaves / necrotic areas
Stems / external feeding
Whole plant / distortion; rosetting
Whole plant / dwarfing
Whole plant / external feeding
Whole plant / plant dead; dieback

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Aeolothrips intermedius Predator Adults/Larvae
Anthocoris nemorum Predator Adults/Larvae
Chrysoperla carnea Predator Adults/Larvae
Orius Predator Adults/Larvae


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Asher M; Dewar A, 1997. Pests and diseases of sugar beet: a review of 1996. British Sugar Beet Review, 65:14-19.

Bateman GL; Ferguson AW; Shield I, 1997. Factors affecting winter survival of the florally determinate white lupin cv. Lucyane. Annals of Applied Biology, 130(2):349-359; 9 ref.

Beaudoin X, 1987. Les thrips dans le lin. Conf,rence internationale sur les ravageurs en agriculture. Paris, France: ANPP, 575-582.

Beaudoin X, 1989. Disease and Pest Control. In: Marshall G, ed. Flax: Breeding and Utilization. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 81-88.

Bjorn GK, 1995. Varieties of winter white cabbage. SP Rapport Statens Planteavlsforsog, 13:1-39.

Bonnemaison L; Bournier A, 1964. Les thrips du lin: Thrips angusticeps Uzel et Thrips linarius Uzel (ThysanoptFres). Annales des Epiphyties, 15:97-169.

Czencz K, 1985. Thrips pests of cultivated flax. Novenyvedelem, 21(7):293-298

Czencz K, 1987. The role of coloured traps in collecting thrips fauna. In: Holman J, Pelikan J, Dixon AFG, Weisman L, eds. Population structure, genetics and taxonomy of aphids and Thysanoptera. Proceedings of International Symposium, Czechoslovakia. The Hague, the Netherlands: SPB Academic Publishing, 426-435.

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Ferguson AW, 1994. Pests and plant injury on lupins in the south of England. Crop Protection, 13(3):201-210.

Ferguson AW; Fitt BDL; Williams IH, 1997. Insect injury to linseed in south-east England. Crop Protection, 16(7):643-652; 40 ref.

Franssen CJH; Huisman P, 1958. The biology and control of Thrips angusticeps Uzel. (In Dutch). Verslagen van Landbouwkundige Onderzoekingen der Rijkslandbouwproefstations, 64:1-104.

Franssen CJH; Kerssen MC, 1962. Aerial control of thrips on flax in the Netherlands. Agricultural Aviation, 4:50-54.

Franssen CJH; Mantel WP, 1961. Preventing damage by thrips in flax. (In Dutch). Tijdschrift over Plantenziekten, 67:39-51.

Franssen CJH; Mantel WP, 1962. Thrips in flax and their importance in flax cultivation. (In Dutch). Verslagen van Landbouwkundige Onderzoekingen, 68:1-77.

Franssen CJH; Mantel WP, 1963. The prediction of damage by brachypterous Thrips angusticeps Uzel in spring. (In Dutch). Landbouwkundig Tijdschrift, 75:121-132.

Gargani E, 1996. Thrips damage to peach in Tuscany. Redia, 79(2):207-221; 47 ref.

Gonzalez E; Alvarado M; Berlanga E; Serrano A; Rosa A de la, 1994. Damage to nectarines caused by thrips in the Guadalquivir Valley. Boletin de Sanidad Vegetal, Plagas, 20(1):229-241

Gratwick M, 1992. Crop pests in the UK: collected edition of MAFF leaflets. Crop pests in the UK: collected edition of MAFF leaflets., x + 490 pp.; [Co-published with Van Nostrand Reinhold, Inc., New York, USA].

Jenser G, 1982. Data to the Thysanoptera fauna of Tunisia. Folia Entomologica Hungarica, 43(1):55-57

Kirk WDJ, 1992. Insects on cabbages and oilseed rape. Slough, UK: Richmond Publishing.

Kirk WDJ, 1996. Thrips. Naturalists' Handbooks 25. Slough, UK: Richmond Publishing Co. Ltd. 70 pp.

Kirk WDJ, 1997. Distribution, abundance and population dynamics. In: Lewis T, ed. Thrips as Crop Pests. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, 217-257.

Morison GD, 1943. Notes on Thysanoptera found on flax (Linum utitatissmum L.) in British Isles. Annals of Applied Biology, 30(3):251-259.

Mound LA; Morison GD; Pitkin BR; Palmer JM, 1976. Handbooks for the identification of British insects. Vol. 1, part 11. Thysanoptera. Handbooks for the identification of British insects. Vol. 1, part 11. Thysanoptera. Royal Entomological Society of London. London UK, 79 pp.

Nakahara S, 1984. Pests not known to occur in the United States or of limited distribution, No. 51: cabbage thrips. APHIS, 81-45:1-13.

Nakao S, 1994. Photothermic control of wing form and reproductive diapause in female Thrips nigropilosus Uzel (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 38(3):183-189

Priesner H, 1964. A monograph of the Thysanoptera of the Egyptian deserts. Publications de I'Institut du Desert d' Egypte, No. 13.

Priesner H, 1964. Ordnung Thysanoptera (Fransenflügler, Thripse). In: Franz H, ed. Bestimmungsbucher zur Bodenfauna Europas. Vol. II. Berlin, Germany: Akademie-Verlag, 1-242.

Raw KA, 1993. Evaluation of deltamethrin and demeton-s-methyl against thrips in spring field beans. Tests of Agrochemicals and Cultivars (Annals of Applied Biology 122 Supplement), 14:2-3.

Salter WJ; Smith JM, 1986. Peas - control of establishment pests and diseases using metalaxyl based seed coatings. 1986 British Crop Protection Conference. Pests and diseases. Proceedings of a conference held at Brighton Metropole, England, November 17-20, 1986. Vol. 3., 1093-1100; 6 ref.

Seczkowska K, 1980. The influence of Thrips angusticeps Uz. (Thysanoptera) on the seed yield of bean (Vicia faba ssp. minor). Annales Universitatis Marip Curie-Sklodowska, C (Biologia), 35:335-342

Sigvald R, 1976. Trial to control cabbage thrips in field beans. Vaxtskyddsnotiser, 40(2):71-74, 80

Speyer ER; Parr WJ, 1941. The external structure of some thysanopterous larvae. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London, 91:559-635.

Ullman DE; Sherwood TL; German MD, 1997. Thrips as vectors of plant pathogens. In: Lewis T, ed. Thrips as Crop Pests. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

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