Western flower thrips

Western flower thrips

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Credit: JACK CLARK/AGSTOCKUSA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) seen on a nectarine (Prunus persica) blossom ovary. This thrips is a nymph, in the larval stages of development. Thrips feed on sap by piercing plant cells with their paired maxillary stylets, which form a feeding tube. They are pests of commercial crops due to the damage caused by feeding on developing flowers or vegetables. This causes discolouration and deformities, reducing the quality of the crop. They are also considered the primary vector of plant diseases and viruses.

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