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Thrips, Thysanoptera
Size: approximately 1/16 inch long
Description: Slender, cylindrical insects; they possess slender wings which are folded over their backs when they are at rest; they can vary in color from yellowish to brownish to black.

Where/When: Thrips are found indoors feeding on houseplants. They are active anytime during the year.

Significance: Infested plants can become damaged and plant vigor may be reduced. They have been reported to inflict prick-like bites, which may itch or cause a rash.


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