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The biology of the bean thrips


Stanley F. Bailey

Author Affiliations

Stanley F. Bailey was Junior Entomologist in the Experiment Station.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 7(12):467-522. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v07n12p467. June 1933.

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Despite the great amount of research being done in the various orders, a study of the biology of the insects belonging to the order Thysanoptera still offers a fertile field. The life histories of many of these minute insects are still unknown; also a comparison of their various habits and activities presents extremely interesting material for speculation, emphasizing the need for detailed work of an exhaustive nature before the phylogeny of the group can be clarified. Doubtless the small size and elusive habit of the thrips, in addition to difficulties encountered in rearing and handling them, have been obstacles to the study of this group.

The bean thrips has become, in recent years, an increasingly important pest of several commercial crops, particularly in the dry interior valleys and nonirrigated sections of California. The problem presents several very interesting phases of an ecological nature and it is the twofold purpose of this paper to make the relationships of the group more perspicuous and, while not treating directly of control measures, to present information upon which a basis for future control might be established.

Synonymy and Description

Synonymy.—Fortunately, perhaps, in contrast with many important insect pests, the history of the bean thrips is not very long nor the synonymy highly involved.

The first record of this thrips seems to be in 1895 when it was reported as collected in Yuba County, California, in November, 1894. Mr. G. W. Harney collected two specimens at this time on an orange leaf. It was on one of these specimens that Theodor Pergande’s original description (Pergande, 1895) was based.

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Bailey S. 1933. The biology of the bean thrips. Hilgardia 7(12):467-522. DOI:10.3733/hilg.v07n12p467
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