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Citrus Pests


Citrus thrips


Scientific name


Scirtothrips citri (Thysanoptera, Thripidae)

Other common names


bean thrips

Similar species


other species in the genus Scirtothrips



United States: Arizona, California, and Nevada; potentially also occurring in the southeastern United States as well.

Worldwide: Mexico.

Native to the western United States and Mexico.

Diagnostic characteristics

  • Yellow body.
  • Females measure 0.6 to 0.9 mm (0.02 - 0.04 in.) in length.
  • Males are similar in appearance but somewhat smaller.
  • Head is wider than long.
  • Antennae with eight segments, segments 3 - 8 are grey.
  • Both sexes have four wings with numerous fringes surrounding each wing, folded back over the thorax and abdomen when at rest.
  • Two larval instars, pre-pupa (3rd instar), and pupa (4th instar).
  • Light orangish-yellow to white body.
  • Larvae resemble adults but wingless.
  • 0.2 mm (0.008 in.).
  • Elongate and banana-shaped.


Citrus hosts

All citrus species and their hybrids.

Non-citrus hosts

Broad host range including:

  • alfalfa, Medicago sativa
  • blueberries, Vaccinium spp.
  • cotton, Gossypium spp.
  • fir, Abies spp.
  • grape, Vitis spp.
  • laurel, Laurus spp.
  • Rhus spp.
  • Rosea spp.

Host damage

  • Feeding punctures young fruit leaving characteristic ring of grey scarring on the rind.
  • Damage young leaves, resulting in leaf distortion.
  • Silvering on leaf surface.
  • Brown frass markings.



Eggs are deposited within young, growing leaves, stems, or fruit. Females are capable of laying up to 250 eggs. Eggs deposited in the fall can overwinter. First and second instars feed on leaves and young fruit. The feeding on young fruit results in cosmetic scarring of the rind. Third and fourth instars are quiescent "pupal" phases that do not feed and may leave the plant to develop in the litter or soil. Citrus thrips have been reported to complete 10 - 12 generations per year.



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Haviland, D.R., S.M. Rill, J.G. Morse. 2009. Southern highbush blueberries are a new host for Scirtothrips citri (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in California. Florida Entomologist 92: 147-149. (

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Grafton-Cardwell, E.E., J.G. Morse, N.V. O'Connell, P.A. Phillips, C.E. Kallsen, and D.R. Haviland. 2009. UC IPM pest management guidelines: Citrus. UC ANR Publication 3441. IPM Education and Publications, University of California Statewide IPM Program. (

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Weeks, J.A., A.C. Hodges, and N.C. Leppla


Citrus Pests
Content last updated June, 2012