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Subject: Help identify this bug
Location: Sacramento
May 2, 2016 8:38 pm
Hello,
I originally thought I had bed bugs due; can’t remember why. I’m pretty sure they came from this terrible library checkout. They were inside !
So I don’t know if they are thrips or not.
Signature: A

Thrips

Thrips

Dear A,
We agree that these look like Thrips.  They are outdoor insects and we don’t know why you are being bothered in bed.

Thrips:  Enlarged and Enhanced

Thrips: Enlarged and Enhanced

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Subject: Need Bug Identification.
Location: SouthernCalifornia
April 30, 2016 1:50 pm
Hello, My name is cameron from Southern California. I keep finding these tiny bugs in my backyard that seem to bite sometimes. This is how im able to find these small insects. Otherwise I would not have know they are in my backyard. I usually find them on my arms after watering plants. And sometimes on my shirt if i look closely. I took some macro shots and some videos using the same camera. They seem to jump like fleas, but not quite as far. They also seem to have very small wings with a worm like tail. Attached are some photos of the insect. It is extremely small, i would say it might be the same or a little smaller then a flea. Thanks very much.
Signature: Cameron F.

Thrips

Thrips

Dear Cameron,
This is a Thrips in the order Thysanoptera.  Interestingly Thrips is both a singular or plural for the insect.  You can read more about Thrips on BugGuide where it states:  “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”
and “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.”

Thank you very much. Should spraying and 4,500 ladybugs fix this problem? I understand how to place the lady bugs to be most effective. Thank you very much!!

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Subject: Moves the tail like a scorpion?
Location: Singapore
March 14, 2016 9:25 pm
Never seen this before… Likely an outdoor bug. Curious to know what it is
Signature: Love TK

Thrips

Thrips

Dear TK,
This insect is known as a Thrips and we have received several submissions of individuals from Singapore in the past.

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: Singapore
January 28, 2016 8:46 pm
Tail was able to arch forward. Did not seem to be able to fly despite the presence of wings.
Signature: Bob

Thrips

Thrips

Dear Bob,
This tiny insect is known as a Thrips, and that term is used in both the singular and the plural  This older posting on our site with images of Thrips from Thailand look very similar and the best we can do in terms of classification is family Phlaeothripidae, and there are some very similar looking images on Featured Creatures.

Thrips

Thrips

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Subject: Tint Thai bug
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
November 21, 2015 7:06 pm
Hello! Thanks for your This very small creature just landed on me in Bangkok, Thailand in late November sitting 18 floors above a river.
It has a very long abdomen but no wings, appears to have 6 legs, the front pair look raptorial, it’s head and thorax are strange shapes, small antennas
I can’t seem to find any other images of it online. Do you all have any idea?
Image 1 is an extreme close up, image 2 shows it in reference next to a citruis peel, waving at you, and image 3 is pulled back so you can see just how small it is in size reference on my breakfast plate, in the center 🙂
Thanks so much for your work!
Signature: Kristen

Possibly Thrips

Possibly Thrips

Dear Kristen,
We are not certain exactly what you observed, but we want to commend you on providing both a close-up view and a nice image showing the scale of this tiny insect.  We believe it may be a species of Thrips based on images of North American species from the order Thysanoptera posted to BugGuide where 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.”  Since we are not certain, we will contact Eric Eaton for confirmation.

Possibly Thrips

Possibly Thrips

Daniel:
Definitely a thrips.  What a weirdo!
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Tennessee
June 1, 2015 3:12 pm
Hello! We recently have a ton of these crawling all over our above ground swimming pool and surrounding area. Can you please tell us what this is and if possible how to get rid of them? Thanks!
Signature: ?

Thrips

Thrips

This is a Thrips, a word that is the same for both singular and plural.  According to BugGuide:  “Almost half of the known species feed only on fungi; a considerable number feed only on green leaf tissues; a few are prey on other arthropods.(9) Plant-feeders often cause damage to leaves and flower petals.”  BugGuide also notes:  “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.”  We do not provide extermination advice.  Your submission will go live in several weeks when we are away from the office. 

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