Thrip life cycle

Thrip life cycle

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Caption: Western flower thrips. Macrophotograph of the six stages in the life cycle of the western flower thrip (Frankliniella occidentalis). The cycle runs from the egg at far left to the adult insect at far right. A first instar larva or nymph hatches from the egg. This, along the second instar larva, feeds on the leaf on which it was laid. The larva then falls off the leaf in order to pupate. Small wing buds can be seen on the prepupa (fourth from left). After a few days the pupa emerges with almost adult-sized wings (second and third from right). This thrip is a pest on various flowers. Magnification: x10 at 35mm size.

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