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Chilli Thrips

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Chilli Thrips
Chilli Thrips, adult (dorsal view of spread Scirtothrips dorsalis female removed from Capsicum chinense floating in 70% etOH) - Photo by Andrew Derksen; University of Florida
Scientific Name: 

Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood, 1919 (ITIS)

Common Name: 

Chilli thrips, yellow tea thrips, castor thrips, Assam thrips, strawberry thrips, oriental tea thrips

Native To: 

Southeast Asia (Kumar et al. 2014)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

First discovered in Hawaii in 1987 (Seal et al. 2010); first established population discovered in Florida in 2005 (Kumar et al. 2014)

Means of Introduction: 

Possibly through infested commodity shipments (Nietschke et al. 2008)


Attacks and causes significant damage to over 100 vegetable, ornamental, and fruit crops, particularly peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes (Nietschke et al. 2008)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.


Google. YouTube; Florida AgTV.

Selected Resources

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USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: Citrus Resource
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

See also: Pest Alerts for more resources

State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY463
University of Massachusetts Extension. Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program.
University of California. Agriculture and Natural Resources.