Thrips classification using Foldscope

There are more than 6,000 thrips species sucking the life from plants all over the world. A common pest found in greenhouses and indoor/ outdoor gardens, thrips damage plants by sucking their juices and scraping at fruits, flowers, and leaves. Plant leaves may turn pale, splotchy, and silvery, then die. Injured plants are twisted, discolored and scarred. Thrips can be classified using Foldscope at sub-order level based on antenna shape and structure.

Thrips sub-order Tubulifera under foldscope.

These thrips are having extended part before antenna.
Thrips sub-order Terebrantia under Foldscope.

These Thrips are not having any extended part before antenna.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    Fantastic. I hope you take this ahead and show us the thrip diversity and if possible a primer on the naming system.

    1. kashappa says:

      Thank u so much for ur valuable comment Dear laksiyer. I have been following ur comments and interactions in this microcosmos platform. It feels so much happy to see ur reaction for my posts. Surely I will take this foldscope activity ahead, Thank u.

  2. jholmes says:

    This is great! Sort of. I have had some thrips on some of my house plants and will have a look the next time I see them. They do seem to prefer leaves that are thin, without a thick waxy surface. They are very difficult to get ride of and have cause sever leaf damage but the plants have survived. Thank you for sharing!

    1. kashappa says:

      Thank u so much Dear jholmes for your valuable comment. We feel happy to see that our posts have triggered interest in u for furthermore foldscope activity, keep going and exploring.

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