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Asian bean thrips in Florida

A new thrips pest was reported on snap beans in Miami-Dade county in 2020. Thrips are tiny insects that are about a millimeter long and are common in flowers. The name, “thrips” is both the singular and plural form of the name. The new thrips species encountered is known as the Asian bean thrips, Oriental flower thrips, or the bean flower thrips (Megalurothrips usitatus). The pest was reported to cause injury from feeding on flowers, leaves, and pods of snap bean.

To read the full FDACS-DPI pest alert, check out the following link: https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/91413/file/PESTALERT-Asianbeanthrips02137.pdf

Asian bean thrips (Megalurothrips usitatus) feeding on bean leaf. Photo credit: Photo by Michael Herbert, Glades Crop Care, Inc.

Asian bean thrips (Megalurothrips usitatus) feeding damage to bean plant. Photo credit: Michael Herbert, Glades Crop Care, Inc.