New on Featured Creatures! Vespiform thrips

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures!

Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Franklinothrips vespiformis Crawford (Thysanoptera: Aeolothripidae) (Fig. 1) is a predatory thrips with a pantropical distribution. The distinctive red, humped-back larvae and fast-moving ant-like adults are predaceous on small arthropods. In addition to being easily mistaken for an ant, this beneficial thrips is unusual in that it constructs a silken cocoon within which it pupates. Males of this species are rare.

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Figure 1. Female vespiform thrips showing constricted waist and white band. Photograph by Runqian Mao, University of Florida.

Available at: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BENEFICIAL/vespiform_thrips.htm

Authors: Runqian Mao, Yingfang Xiao, and Steven P. Arthurs, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida