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Subject: Small, very small, winged and spiked
Location: Northern California east bay
May 11, 2014 2:40 pm
I have these all over the kids play set and they are by the millions! Super small. They bite and fly. I have one on the end of the tweezer to compare the size. Please if you could help us! Plus they were all over the tree trimmings that were sitting for two weeks…
Signature: Elizabeth and fam

Thrips

Thrips

Dear Elizabeth,
These are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera.

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Rose insect ID?
Location:  San Jose, California
April 28, 2014
Hi Daniel,
Any idea what these are?  Earwig hatchling?
The things are miniscule — on a rose in San Jose California this morning — not sure if the two photos are of same species.
Thanks,
Frank

Thrips

Thrips

Hi Frank
These look like Thrips in the order Thysanoptera to us.  See BugGuide for additional information.

Thrips

Thrips

Thanks — from looking at thrips I agree!!
Just now I got a better photo….
Frank

Thrips

Thrips

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Subject: thrips
October 25, 2013 8:39 pm
No info was provided on how we can get them out of our hair/head and to quit biting us.  I have already been to  emergency room for an infected bites and nothing I try has helped.  Many years ago (1984), we had an infestation in our home because of weeds on our acreage, and these tiny things blew threw the window screens.  It cost us over $300 in pest control, and in addition, we had to get rid of our carpeting, mattresses and sofas/chairs with fabric coverings.   Recently our Bexar county extension service identified my samples as “thrips” again.  Cattle need to be considered if pesticides are used on property where they eat/drink, as well as any other livestock.
Signature: Lonnie

Thrips photo from our archives

Thrips photo from our archives

Dear Lonnie,
We are sorry, but we haven’t any suggestions.  We do not really provide extermination advice.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide you with some assistance.

Thrips photograph from our archives

Thrips photograph from our archives

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Subject: It’s not all in my head!
Location: Scalp
March 27, 2013 6:05 am
These insects came from my scalp. Two years ago I started with a small area on my scalp that felt like a bite. The area is now the crown of my head, made worse by using a duo derm patch, not knowing I had a sensitivity to adhesive. My hair grew under the scalp, and that is where these bugs came from.
Signature: Elaine

Possible Louse

Thrips perhaps

Dear Elaine,
We sympathize with your situation.  We hope you sought professional medical assistance and we would urge you to seek out a definitive identification from your local entomology department.  While this creature looks vaguely louselike, it doesn’t seem to match images of Parasitic Lice on BugGuide.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide something more conclusive.

Update:  March 27, 2013
Tenodera, one of our readers, submitted a comment indicating this resembles a Thrips, and we agree.  See BugGuide for a description of Thrips.  The mystery is why are Thrips livng on Elaine’s scalp.

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Subject: Biting Bugs
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
August 8, 2012 12:38 pm
I live in Iowa and I was just outside(it rained earlier today) and I kept feeling little bites all over my hands and arms. At first I couldn’t see anything but if I looked very close I saw a TINY, no bigger than a dot of a pen, orange bug possibly a little blackish brown on it’s bottom with 6(?)legs crawling on me. And there wasn’t just one, they were everywhere and they all were bitting me. I didn’t sit in the grass or touch anything so I have no idea how they got on me or if they even came from the outside. Help!
Signature: Melissa

Possibly Thrips

Hi Melissa,
Based on your detailed description, we believe you might have had an encounter with insects from the order Thysanoptera, commonly called Thrips.  There is not enough detail in your photograph for any definitive identification, but the photograph does support our supposition.  According to BugGuide, Thrips are small:  “0.5-14 mm (typically 1-2 mm, NA species under 5 mm)” and they are described as:  “Some are wingless; where present, the wings are narrow with few or no veins and fringed with long hairs. Mouthparts asymmetrical (no right mandible), suitable for piercing and sucking. Antennae relatively short, 4- to 9-segmented; tarsi 1-2-segmented, with 1-2 claws and are bladder-like at the end.”  This is the BugGuide statement that supports our identification:  “Thrips can often be found on flowers, they are especially visible on light colored flowers like daisies. Be aware that though they are very tiny, they can give a slightly painful bite.”

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Insect id
Location: Madrid (Spain)
October 1, 2011 7:24 pm
I’m trying to find what bug is this, but I cannot find nothing nowhere.
Thanks for the help.
Signature: blackberriem

Thrips

Hi Maria,
We do not recognize your insect, and since we took the day off yesterday unexpectedly, we need to try to respond to as many requests as we can this morning.  We are posting your insect as unidentified and we hope to try to research this later, and perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide us with some assistance.

Eric Eaton confirms Thrips identification
Yes, it is a thrips, but not sure which family, let alone genus, species. …
Eric

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